Charcoal and acrylic on canvas
213 x 304cm
Hisyamuddin Abdullah (b. 1989, Marang, Terengganu, Malaysia) is an emerging artist having just concluded his BA of Fine Arts (Hons), Universiti Teknologi Mara, Shah Alam, Selangor (2012). He has a line up of group exhibitions behind him and wrapped up a sold-out first solo exhibition ‘SArKAs’ at Taksu Galeri, Kuala Lumpur in December (2014), the future looks bright. Hailing from Terengganu, a state on the east coast of the peninsular, finding one’s way in the frantic throes of a large city could be daunting. This life journey feeds his art making and creative production. His series of self-portraits could be read as narcissistic but the clowning around poses and gestures are visual tropes seen in a bigger context are statements of defiance, come what may, of coping with life discoveries, battles, be it emotional or physical. By depicting himself in varying modes of caper, articulating the body language and facial expression that are concealing and revealing, relishing the challenges in his quest for a sense of belonging.