Description: Haslin Ismail’s works mix sci-fi with surrealism, and this is no exception, a projection of cyborgs, half human and half machines. In this case, the subjects are more machine than man, with green sludge replacing blood, and a pale grey replacing normal skin tones. Is it horrified at its predicament, or is it just the body rejecting its new innards? Haslin obtained his BFA at the Universiti Mara Institute of Technology in 2005-2007. In 2006, he won the Grand Prize in the In-print competition and received a sponsored two-week trip to study printmaking at Gray’s School of Art and Design. His two major awards are the Young Guns (HOM Art Trans, 2013) and the Major Award in the Young Contemporary Artists (Bakat Muda Sezaman) in 2011, the year he was selected for the Rimbun Dahan art residency. He won 1st Prize in the Manga Artists competition (2008), Visual Art Pitch (MyCreative Ventures), the Visual Art Award at Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur (2010). After his first solo, Exorcismus Persona – Windows Into The Fantasy Worlds Of Haslin Ismail, at RA Fine Arts, Kuala Lumpur, in 2012, he hooked up with G13 gallery, Selangor, for three solos namely Transfiguration (2013), Mindmix (2014); Book Land (under G13 Gallery) in the 2014 Art Stage Singapore. The Merdeka! Exhibition at Galeri Petronas featured him and Samsudin Wahab, two of the most exciting young artists, in 2014. Among the notable group exhibitions he was featured in include Un-cut Malaysian Arts Festival in Gallery Shambala in Copenhagen, Absurd(c)ity at the National Art Gallery Malaysia in 2013, the Kembara Jiwa exhibitions in Yogyakarta and Bandung in Indonesia in 2012, few editions of Art Expo Malaysia, and The Young Contempo Showcase I & II (organised by Curate Henry Butcher).
Dimensions: 160cm x 400cm
Artist or Maker: HASLIN ISMAIL
Medium: Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas
Provenance: Private collection, Selangor
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