mixed media on canvas 153 x 112cm (2007)
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Nature in all its glory
THE Artseni Gallery at Starhill Gallery in Jalan Bukit Bintang,
Shahrul is a fine art graduate from Universiti Teknologi Mara in Shah Alam, Selangor. Graduating in 1998, he subsequently pursued a Master’s degree in art education at the
He has held exhibitions around
Shahrul’s abstract expressionist paintings reveal profound knowledge and understanding of nature and its value, as well as the relationship between humans and nature. He explores complex emotional and philosophical narratives, and depicts them with layers of various textures on canvas, coupled with finely-drawn lines.
The exhibition features his latest art works, after a visit to
Its theme is the importance of saving and sustaining Mother Nature, and striving for a balance between development and the environment. It depicts the human being as one who has become “apart” from nature and manipulates, controls and exploits it.
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) lecturer Mohammad Khizal Mohamed Saat describes the exhibition as an interpretation of nature which is full of colours.
Shahrul’s works combine various bright colours to express his concern about the well-being of the natural environment. He aims to share with viewers and fellow artists the need for everyone to ensure that nature is not ravaged in the name of development.
The Violence in Shahrul Anuar Shaari’s art
Like all good art, Sharul’s is concerned with composition, the way swaths of greens or bars of reds or patches of browns joists for dominance. By dominance I mean the centre of the artwork, where the colours clash, overlap, entangle, and crosshatch. The vibrancy thus generated keeps the viewer on edge, challenging him to decode the meaning of rawness, the subtlety of thought, and the threat of chaos. All these coalesce, eventually because the weight of multiple exertions that impede the retreat of cool colours and provoke the attacks of the warm. The reverse happens as well: when the cool is in the offence – the blues descending in a thunderous show of force – the warm hastily disperses to the sides, lying low, regrouping, and waiting for the right moment to re-assert.
I suggest that Shahrul’s artworks be viewed in these combative terms because they provoke the viewer into thinking how best to make violence visually palatable.
Dr. Zakaria Ali
1 August 2007