OUR ArtProjects is excited to kick off its inaugural programme with Shahril Nizam's long awaited solo exhibition, In Between: Transitions & Dead Ends. This presentation of paintings, drawings and sculptural objects is the culmination of four long years of intuitive exploration. It traces the conceptual and technical processes that visualise Shahril’s deeply-held fascination for the human psyche and its mental continuum.
The breadth and depth of Shahril Nizam’s body of works range from evocative portraits that encapsulate the listless ennui and whimsicality of daily living to expressive depictions of free floating amorphous bodies dissolving into each other and their environment. These works, brought together, can be understood as attempts to describe the complex interactions that form our identities.
They project life as an unceasing process of transformation, as well as the trivial and everyday human experience of joy and suffering. In this manner, art becomes a language that has the power to give our modern world and life meaning: from the pointless, the small, the secret to the forceful, effervescent and grandiose.
About the artist
Shahril Nizam Ahmad (b. 1979) is currently based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He studied fine art at the Kuala Lumpur College of Art and the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia. His work has been exhibited in Kuala Lumpur, Kuching and Yogyakarta and featured in periodicals such as KLue, August Man, and Esquire Malaysia.
He has illustrated for books such as Malay Sketches (a collection of short stories) by Alfian Sa’at, Malaysian Politicians Say The Darndest Things Vol. 1 by Amir Muhammad, Heart & Soul by Bibsy Soenharjo and Malaysian & German Folk Tales and Legends. Shahril Nizam is also known to have dabbled in poetry, showing admiration for the works of W.H. Auden and C.P. Cavafy and has published a book of poetry and illustrations titled If Only. His poems have also appeared in Readings from Readings 2, TAUTAN, and Kuala Lumpur-Berlin, Kisah Dua Bandaraya.
IN BETWEEN: TRANSITIONS & DEAD ENDS – a solo exhibition by Shahril Nizam runs from 20 April - 5 May 2013 at:
67 TEMPINIS GALLERY - No. 67, Jalan Tempinis Satu, Lucky Garden, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Viewing times: Monday – Saturday 12 – 6 pm; Sunday, by appointment only
To request for an e-catalogue, write to us at contact [at] ourartprojects.com