Description: Bursting with energy, Azman Hilmi expresses himself through his use of bright and vivid colours. Look closely and you will find 8 dragonflies in the midst of this. Azman Hilmi catapulted into the art scene with his Major Award triumph in the coveted Young Contemporary Artists (Bakat Muda Sezaman) competition. It was a mixed media collage of dangerously looking tools, sharp and heavy, and inspired by American Pop artist Jim Dine. But Azman’s oeuvre is completely the opposite, very home-y scenes of still-life, interiors or gardens with lots of flowery plants, and reminiscent of the works of Henri Matisse, Vincent Van Gogh and in the streaks and splashes, Jackson Pollock. Azman received his BFA at the Mara Institute of Technology. He taught part-time at his alma mater from 1991-1993, before becoming an instructor in hand-drawn batik to less-abled people (OKU or orang kurang upaya) at the SM Pendidikan Vokasional Khas in Shah Alam. He has had three solos so far – at the now defunct Art Salon, Bangsar (2001), Artseni in Starhill, Kuala Lumpur (2006) and Gehrig Art Gallery (Journey Of Colour, 2015) in Penang. His other prizes include 1st Prize in an orchid painting competition at The Mines (2001) and incentive awards from Galeri Shah Alam’s open show in 1996 and 2015, besides another at Pelita Hati Gallery of Art in 2010. He had also taken part in the Malaysia Eye exhibition in London in 2013, and the Asian International Artists Exhibition in Seoul, South Korea, in 2009 and 2010.
Dimensions: 45cm x 45cm
Artist or Maker: AZMAN HILMI
Medium: Mixed media on canvas
Provenance: Private collection, Kuala Lumpur
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