EXPRESSIONS - Artemis Art
Group exhibition featuring three young Malaysian visual artists
Malaysia, art, young artists, young art, pop art, abstract art, Nazmi Ismail, Keat Leong, Izzat Aziz
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EXPRESSIONS

Continuing our exhibition program for the year, Artemis Art is pleased to present EXPRESSIONS, a group exhibition by three young Malaysian visual artists: Izzat Aziz, Keat Leong, and Nazmi Ismail. Although each of the three has a visual style distinct from the other, each uses visual art to express concerns and ideas that bear on their minds.

The focus each artist brings to the exhibition varies: among other things, cultural elements that have been ignored, religion and spirituality, as well as observations on sociopolitics.

Izzat Aziz, the 2013 Grand Prize winner of the Nando’s Malaysia PERI-fy Your Art competition, has chosen to highlight aspects of Malay culture that may not be well known, and which have, over the last few decades, taken a back seat as society goes through a period of increasing modernity. The mostly vibrant presentation of the artworks hint at the fact traditional Malay culture is much more interesting than most may be aware of today.

Contrasting this vibrancy are the calmer visual sensibilities portrayed in the works by young artist Keat Leong, who has chosen nostalgia and inner peace as two aspects of life to bring to the fore. Two of the artist’s series of works have been included in this exhibition, childhood nostalgia being at the center of one, while the other evokes inner calm through abstracted minimalist mandalas.

Nazmi Ismail, whose Pop Art styled works are already somewhat well-known in the Malaysian art scene, was one of the finalists in the 2013 cycle of the Malaysian Emerging Artist Award (MEAA). In addition to providing current context to some well-known international personalities, his newer works uncover deeper spiritual aspects of his faith, in his attempt to counter the growing superficiality he sees among the majority of adherents today.

The exhibition begins on Saturday, 15 October with an informal opening reception at 3pmEXPRESSIONS continues from then for approximately two weeks, ending on Tuesday, 2 November 2016. You will have the opportunity to meet with all three artists during the opening reception, engaging them to find out more about the ideas behind their artworks. In total, 20 artworks will be exhibited.

EXPRESSIONS is a continuation of an earlier exhibition, entitled “And On We Go“, which was held in August and September this year at Gehrig Art Gallery in George Town, Penang.

EXPRESSIONS: preview of artworks

(Click on any thumbnail below to view larger image)

The following are brief profiles for the three participating artists in EXPRESSIONS . Should you be interested in more complete CV/profiles of the participating artists, do email us at info@artemisartgallery.com.

Profile Pix - Izzat Aziz

Izzat Aziz

b. 1989 in Batu Pahat, Johor
Diploma in Fine Art (Printmaking) Akademi Seni Budayadan Warisan Kebangsaan (ASWARA)

An active visual artist, Izzat was the 2013 Grand Prize Winner of the Nando’s Malaysia PERI-fy Your Art “Diversity” competition.

His works have been collected by individual private collectors as well as by institutions since actively exhibiting his art beginning around 2009.

Awards (Selected)

2014

Finalist, Open Show Pulau Pinang Art Competition
Consolation Prize, Citra Terengganu Art Competition, Museum Terengganu
2nd Prize, Ekspresi Seni LukisArt Competition, Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur

2013

Grand Prize, “Diversity” Nando’s Malaysia PERi-fy Your Art Competition
Grand Prize, Malaysia Through The Eyes Of The Artist Art Competition, Resorts World Genting
2nd Prize, Ekspresi Seni LukisArt Competition, Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur

Solo Exhibitions

2014

Demang Mantera, Publika, G2, The Boulevard, Blue Zone Kuala Lumpur

Group Exhibitions (Selected)

2016

EXPRESSIONS, Artemis Art, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
And On We Go, Gehrig Art Gallery, George Town, Penang
Open Show Kelantan 2016, Muzium Seni Kelatan , Kota Bharu, Kelantan

2015

The Best Of You (TBOY) 2015 Exhibition, IOI Mall Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur
Genting 50th Wondrous Years, Universal Lane Plaza, First World Hotel, Genting Highlands
MALAYSIA – KOREA Asia Art Award Invitation Art Exchange, Oriental Art & Cultural Association (OACA) HALL, Kuala Lumpur
Pop Up Show 2015, Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Asia Invitation Art Exhibition, Seoul Museum of Art, GyeongHuigung, Seoul, Korea

2014

TIGA: The Triple Experience, Gehrig Art Gallery, George Town, Penang
Pulau Pinang Open Show Art Competition, Penang State Museum and Art Gallery, George Town, Penang
A.B.C (Appreciating. Buying. Collecting) (Artseni Relocation opening art exhibition), Artseni Gallery, Gateway Kiaramas, Kuala Lumpur
LIMALIMALIMA/555, Rajawali Outer-Space, Kuantan, Pahang

Profile Pix - Keat Leong

Keat Leong

b. 1988 in Subang Jaya, Selangor

Formally trained in Film & Animation, Keat began his career as a motion designer, working in Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan, creating broadcast designs for international clients.

He is inspired by peace, nature and realizations made possible by yoga and meditation. He has participated in various group exhibitions in Asia region since 2013 and his works have been published in Ubies Asian Creatives Book, CTA: Creative Talk in Asia and Advanced Photoshop UK.

Group Exhibitions (Selected)

2016

EXPRESSIONS, Artemis Art, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
And On We Go, Gehrig Art Gallery, George Town, Penang
AAD Outstanding Illustration Artists in Asia, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
New Vision: Korea Asia Poster Design Exhibition, Lang Art Museum, Seoul, Korea

2015

Genting 50th Wondrous Years, Universal Lane Plaza, First World Hotel, Genting Highlands
Biodata, Artseni Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
New Vision: Asia Poster Design Exhibition, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Asia Invitation Art Exhibition, Seoul Museum of Art, GyeongHuigung, Seoul, Korea
Satu Dua Tiga, Pi Hotel, Ipoh

2014

TIGA: The Triple Experience, Gehrig Art Gallery, George Town, Penang
A.B.C (Appreciating. Buying. Collecting) (Artseni Relocation opening art exhibition), Artseni Gallery, Gateway Kiaramas, Kuala Lumpur
Pangkor Island Festival, Pangkor, Perak

Profile Pix - Nazmi Ismail

Nazmi Ismail

b. 1987 in Kuala Lumpur
Diploma in Animation, University Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Diploma in Fine Art, Akademi Seni Budayadan Warisan Kebangsaan (ASWARA)

Nazmi has exhibited with Artemis Art in a few group exhibitions over the years, as well as being one of the contributing artists to our 50 Shades of Malaysia book and exhibition project back in 2013. He was one of the 2013 Malaysian Emerging Artist Awards finalists, as well as Consolation Prize winner in the 2011 Nando’s PERI-fy Your Art competition.

The oldest of the three artists, Nazmi has formal training in both animation and fine art, and has been very active in the Malaysian art scene.

Awards (Selected)

2014

Finalist, Malaysian Emerging Artist Awards (MEAA)

2013

3rd Prize, Contemporary Art – The Futurists Art Competition

2011

Consolation Prize, Nando’s Malaysia  PERI-fy Your Art Competition
Consolation Prize, Goethe-Institut Malaysia’s Cool Art, Climate Change competition

Solo Exhibitions

2011

IKON, ASWARA Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
SMILE, Pink Guy Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

Group Exhibitions (Selected)

2016

EXPRESSIONS, Artemis Art, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
And On We Go, Gehrig Art Gallery, George Town, Penang
Prints That Matter, Pelita Hati Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

2015

SEKARANG!, Pi Hotel, Ipoh
Biodata, Artseni Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
New Vision: Asia Poster Design Exhibition, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Asia Invitation Art Exhibition, Seoul Museum of Art, GyeongHuigung, Seoul, Korea
Satu Dua Tiga, Pi Hotel, Ipoh
The Best Of You (TBOY) 2015 Exhibition, IOI Mall Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur
MALAYSIA – KOREA Asia Art Award Invitation Art Exchange, Oriental Art & Cultural Association (OACA) HALL, Kuala Lumpur

2014

TIGA: The Triple Experience, Gehrig Art Gallery, George Town, Penang
A.B.C (Appreciating. Buying. Collecting) (Artseni Relocation opening art exhibition), Artseni Gallery, Gateway Kiaramas, Kuala Lumpur
BEGIN, Artemis Art, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
SITI: An Iconic Exhibition of Dato` Siti Nurhaliza, Artelier Gallery, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
Malaysian Emerging Artist Award (MEAA) 2013 Exhibition, White Box, MAP@Publika, Kuala Lumpur
Langkawi International Art Colony, Beranda Langkawi, Pulau Langkawi

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