'being human' # 15 : Fadilah Karim

The Lonesome Painter
Oil on linen
221 x 290cm
Fadilah Karim (b. 1987, Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia) did her first degree at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Shah Alam (2010) after earning a Diploma at UiTM Lendu, Melaka (2008). A two-month mentorship under Malaysia’s figurative painter Amron Omar, while pursuing the BA, veered her towards a certain oil painting style and technique. With a MA of Fine Arts and Technology, completed at UiTM on Jalan Othman (2013) and in the same year a first solo ‘Vague’ at Pace Gallery, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Heralded as the next emerging young artist, she participated in ‘Young Guns’, a travelling show at White Box, Kuala Lumpur (2013), The Whiteaways Arcade, Penang (2013) and Chan Hampe Galleries, Singapore (2014). A two-woman show at HOM Art Trans ‘Mystory’ (2014) sealed her arrival. With a subdued palette and her ability to manipulate the paint with subtle shifts in the hue and tonal values showing facets of the sitters depicted up-close and personal, variations of human feelings and emotional states.