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Portraitures have been the mainstay of this young Kuala Lumpur-born artist, a graduate from the Fine Art diploma program at Dasein Academy of Art. In her earlier works, her subjects were people she knew personally, primarily family and friends.
Yasmeen’s current portraitures focus on people in need of care, the homeless, the disabled, and the elderly who live in old folks homes. In recent exhibitions, the elderly have become her most favored subjects. Her expressive charcoal works bring to life the many stories these elderly folks have to tell.
Her approach to depicting these time-worn subjects in her portraitures is inspired from an idea articulated by ancient Greek philosopher Plato, in The Phaedrus: “… the eyes which are the windows of the soul…“. Much effort is put by Yasmeen to depict the area of the eyes as realistically as possible, in order that the many stories her subjects have to tell may emanate more effortlessly.
Most of her works are done either in charcoal or oil, two media she favors most. One aspect that makes Yasmeen unique among her peers is that she draws directly onto the canvas. Instead of relying on projection or photograph measurements, she works instinctively, allowing the emotional connections with her subjects flow.
The result of her approach speaks for itself – in Yasmeen’s portraitures one may immediately feel the soulful presence of her subjects, as if they were right there in the flesh, relating to us their life stories, of how they got where they are, their accomplishments and their regrets, and what they might have to look forward to in their remaining days.
My work is mostly portraiture, as a simple portrait can express the feelings of an artist. My canvases use expressive strokes and colours to structure the outline of the sitters, and their eyes are rendered realistically, to better express their stories. To quote Plato: “... the eyes which are the windows of the soul...”.
Diploma in Fine Art, Dasein Academy of Art, Kuala Lumpur
1st Prize in Charcoal/Pencil/Ink, Tanjong Heritage 2014 National Level Art Competition, Kuala Lumpur
Consolation Prize, Creative Wau Design Competition, Mid Valley Mega Mall, Kuala Lumpur
Consolation – Category B, Tanpa Nama 2 Competition and Exhibition, Bank Negara Malaysia Museum & Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Presence, Artemis Art, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
One Belt One Road, 798 Art District, Beijing, China
Equilibrio, Artemis Art at White Box, MAP@Publika, Kuala Lumpur
Young Malaysian Artists (YMA) III, Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur
NExxxT, Xin Artspace, Kuala Lumpur
Young & Blooming Part II, HOM Art Trans, Kuala Lumpur & China House, George Town, Penang
aveNew, Artemis Art, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
The Groupshow, Dasein Academy of Art, Kuala Lumpur
AIA Generasi Malaysia, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
Pop Up Show, Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
September Course Exhibition, Dasein Academy of Art, Kuala Lumpur
Future Generation Art Exhibition, Leo Geo Art Restaurant, Kuala Lumpur
Print Making Exhibition, Leo Geo Art Restaurant, Kuala Lumpur
June Course Exhibition, Dasein Academy of Art, Kuala Lumpur
Tanpa Nama 2, Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur