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Mastura Abdul Rahman

Born 1963 in Singapore

 

Mastura Abdul Rahman was born into a family of craft persons, especially on her mother’s side. Her grandfather and uncle were known in the village where she grew up as birdcages makers, while her mother as a tailor specialized in women’s decorative garments. As a young girl she was active in her school’s art club, painting posters and murals for her school.

Mastura started studying art formally in 1982 (drawing, painting, sculpture and print making) when she joined the Department of Fine Art, MARA University of Technology as an undergraduate student. There, she was introduced to Persian and Mughal miniature paintings, Ukiyo-E prints, and the Malay traditional architecture and decorative arts, which influence her works greatly. In 1985, she was chosen to participate in the 3rd ASEAN Youth Painting Workshop and Exhibition. Her experience with the decorative arts especially with textiles (batik) started to dominate her works. Mastura’s standing as a Malaysian artist start to be known when she won a major prize in the prestigious Malaysian art award: the Young Contemporaries Art Award in 1986.

Mastura got married in 1987. After she became a mother in 1991, she started to include her children’s toys, as objects of interest, to her paintings, making her compositions more lively with family life. Starting 2002, she uses narratives in her paintings, drawing from her childhood stories and her everyday life.

Currently Mastura is a senior lecturer, teaching drawing at the Faculty of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University, Cyberjaya, Malaysia.

Education

Bachelor of Art in Art & Design (Fine Art), MARA University of Technology, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Diploma in Teaching, Ministry of Education, Malaysia

Masters of Science in Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University, Cyberjaya, Malaysia

Solo Exhibitions

1999

  • Ku Lukis Rumah Ini, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur

Group Exhibitions (Selected)

2015

  • Art Kaohsiung 2015, Pier 2 Art Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (with Artemis Art)

2014

  • Art Expo Malaysia 2014, MATRADE Exhibition & Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur (with Segaris Art Center)
  • Suarasa, Segaris Art Center, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
  • Kali Ini Kita Bersama, Morne Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

2013

  • Henry Butcher: Malaysian & Southeast Asian Art Auction (November 2013), White Box, MAP KL, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
  • Art Expo Malaysia 2013, MATRADE Exhibition & Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur (with Segaris Art Center)
  • Suarasa, Segaris Art Center, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
  • Sekaki, Segaris Art Center, Publika, Kuala Lumpur
  • Benang-Benang Kehidupan (Fabric of Society), Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

2012

  • TRANSIT A4, House of Matahati, Kuala Lumpur
  • Art Expo Malaysia 2012 (part of the Bank Negara Collection), MATRADE Exhibition & Convention Centre Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur
  • Members Only, National Visual Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
  • Olympic Fine Art 2012, Museum of London, London, England
  • Dahulu dan Kini: Ulangtahun ke 50 Koleksi Bank Negara Malaysia (Then and Now: Bank Negara Malaysia Collection 50th Anniversary), Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

2011

  • Wayang U-Wei Angkat Saksi, Balai Seni Lukis Negara (BSLN), Kuala Lumpur
  • Prayer, NN Gallery @ White Box, MAP KL, Publika, Kuala Lumpur

2010

  • Pra-Arkib (Pameran Berdua), Galeri 12, Kuala Lumpur
  • Shadows on Layers of Meaning, Faculty of Creative Multimedia exhibition at National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
  • Kepada Mu Kekasih, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

2009

  • Research Creation 2, Faculty of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University, Cyberjaya

2008

  • Srikandi: Sentuhan Jiwa Wanita, UiTM Melaka at Balai Seni Lukis Melaka, Melaka
  • Contemporary Art in School, RAP Art Project, Sekolah Menengah Stella Maris, Kuala Lumpur

2007

  • Research Creation 1, Faculty of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University, Cyberjaya

2002

  • Masterpieces from the National Collection, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
  • Off Walls Off Pedestals, Akal di Hulu, Hulu Langat, Selangor

2000

  • Young Contemporaries in Review, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

1998

  • The Phillip Morris Art Awards, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
  • 13th ASIAN International Art Exhibition, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
  • Menerusi Mata Kami / Through Our Eyes, Petronas Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
  • Rupa Malaysia: A Decade of Malaysian Art, SOAS, London University, London

1997

  • Innenseite Installation Project, Kassel, Germany

1993

  • 1st Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT1), Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

1991

  • Malaysian Islamic Art, Istiqlal Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia

1988

  • ASEAN Travelling Exhibition of Painting, Photography & Children Art, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok, Bandar Seri Begawan & Manila
  • Pameran Motivasi Galeri Kiara, Maybank Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

1987

  • Malaysian Art: 30 Years, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
  • Sandiwa: ASEAN Young Art, Manila, The Philippines
  • 2nd Annual International Exhibition of Miniature Art, Toronto, Canada

1986

  • Bakat Muda Sezaman (Young Contemporaries), National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

1985

  • 3rd ASEAN Youth Painting Workshop & Exhibition, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Art Talks

2012

Establishing an ‘Aesthetics Framework’ for the Appreciation of a Multimedia Art Project: Selected Narratives from My Artistic Journey & Beyond, Aesthetic Media Talk, Faculty of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University, Cyberjaya

2010

Artistic Journey, Aesthetic Media Talk & Show, Faculty of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University, Cyberjaya

2008

Guest Speaker: Srikandi – Sentuhan Jiwa Wanita, Balai Senilukis Melaka / UiTM, Melaka

Academia

2001 – present 

Drawing and Painting, Faculty of Creative Media, Multimedia University, Cyberjaya, Malaysia

1999

Drawing & Art Foundation, LimKokWing Univeristy of Creative Technology, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Awards

1998

  • Honourable Mention, Philip Morris Art Award, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

1987

  • Consolation Prize, Johor Painting Exhibition, Johor Painters Association, Johor Bharu

1986

  • Main Prize, Young Contemporaries Art Award, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

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