The figure dominates ‘Human Being’, an exhibition showcasing the latest outing of F Klub members, alongside a stable of artists invited to participate with them. F Klub is a gathering of visual artists unified by a common interest in making art that predominantly features the human figure.
Initiated by Bayu Utomo Radjikin, Kow Leong Kiang, Noor Mahnun Mohamed and Shia Yih Yiing in 2007, ‘F’ stands for ‘figure’. The initial intention is to get together regularly to organise activities that will increase an understanding and to enhance their artistic skills of the figurative subject, such as coordinating live drawing sessions for its members.
In the beginning the meeting for the sketching exercises was held fortnightly at HOM Art Trans in Ampang. Later other venues such as Sutra House were tried out with the Sutra dancers for these sittings. Palpable are the dynamic tension, atmosphere, physical and emotional presence when sketching from actual figure/model as opposed to using static medium such as photography for reference material.
Since its inception, the F Klub has been growing steadily, with artist Chin Kong Yee joining the fold in 2008. By invitation, 2010 saw Maslin Ramly and Marvin Chan coming on board. In the following year, Gan Chin Lee and Chong Ai Lei, and much more recently Arif Fauzan Othman, Fadilah Karim and Hisyamuddin Abdullah, were included into the collective. Currently all the artists are based in Klang Valley.
In their visual arts practice, each member has a distinctive style with a varied takes and techniques in expressing and formulating the representational art. In creating their artworks in the form of metaphors and allegories or a non-narrative documentation collated from observations and studies, the stylistically diverse methods, realistic, natural or gestural, could be observed in their paintings.
The F Klub has also been exhibiting together annually starting with a show called ‘F1’ at HOM Art Trans, Kuala Lumpur (2009); trailed by ‘Sutra’ at Kamaria, Selangor (2010); Skin (2011) and ‘Seated’ (2012) at HOM Art Trans, Kuala Lumpur. ‘Scent of Bali’ at G13 Gallery, Selangor (2013) showcased renderings from drawing sessions that took place of their sojourn in Bali, Indonesia. ‘Being Human’ took to Art Stage (2015) in Singapore, exhibiting with an impressive list of the local figurative art practitioners that have been invited to participate. A trip to Bandung in 2014 and Cambodia last year opened up discussions to go further afield, expand its scope and role.
To build partnerships via networking, as to further cement the bond between artists which hopefully triggers a productive outcome of the alliance. Future plans will include workshops, collaborative regional exhibitions with an outlook to grow, establish and engage F Klub as an entity within the Southeast Asian art landscape in terms of creating a pool of resource for exchange and dialogue, by providing encouragement and incentives in contributing to the flourishing practitioners in figuration.
Studio | Oil on canvas | 147 x 81.5 cm | 2019 | RM 70,000
Ahmad Zakii Anwar
Reclining Figure 19 | Charcoal on paper | 75.5 x 151.5 cm | 2019 | RM 50,000
Bayu Utomo Radjikin
The Movers | Mixed media on used paper | 244 x 535 cm (5 panels) | RM 130,000
Kow Leong Kiang
Morning Coffee | Oil on linen | 120 x 150 cm | RM 40,000
Shia Yih Yiing
i) The EartH we Borrowed! | ii)The EartH we Borrowed!!
Oil on linen | 183 x 122 (each) | 2019 | RM 15,000 (each)
Zaim Darul Aman
Dream and Desire | Bitumen on canvas | 152 x 152 cm | 2019 | RM 28,000
Sima | Ink & acrylic on canvas | 152 x 183 cm | 2019 | RM 17,000
Lim Kok Teong
Once Upon a Time in Nowhere | Ink and colour on Wen-zhou pizh | 96 x 453 cm | 2019 | RM 35,000
Victim | Oil & aerosol paint on canvas | 156 x 152 cm | 2019 | RM 13,000
Boy with Broken Halo | Oil on canvas | 152.5 x 167 cm | 2019 | RM 38,500
SA. Orang Lalang | Acrylic on canvas | 183 x 152 cm | 2019 | RM 50,000
Just Caught in the Undertow
Scratch on printed aluminium sheet | 91.5 x 183 cm | RM 9,000
Chinnamasta | Oil on canvas | 102 x 102 cm | 2019 | RM 9,800
Gan Chin Lee
The Sanctuary | Oil on jute | 91.5 x 304.8 cm (5 panels) | 2019 | RM 20,500
"Malok, Hak Kan Nik?" (Where are our rights?)
Acrylic on Woven Pandanous Mat | 108 x 191 cm | 2019 | RM 9,000
Pohon Lindungan | Encaustic on board | 122 x 240 cm | 2019 | RM 23,000
Artist Space | Oil on canvas | 167.5 x 183 cm | 2019 | RM 11,500
Hush | Oil on linen | 183 x 152 cm | 2019 | RM 22,000
Gan Tee Sheng
The Garden | Oil on canvas | 200 x 170 cm | 2019 | RM 18,000
Risk Taker | Oil on canvas | 153 x 170 cm | 2019 | RM 8,300
Standing Girl with Rothko - Gray and Mauve
Acrylic on canvas | 274.5 x 213.5 cm | 2019 | RM 25,500
Bird of Paradise | Oil on canvas | 200 x 100 cm | 2019 | RM 5,200
New Dawn | Acrylic and oil on canvas | 160 x 160 cm | 2019 | RM 9,200
Sum of Its Part | Oil on canvas | 152.7 x 152.3 cm | 2019 | RM 6,750
Red Ceremony II | Oil on canvas | 152 x 152 cm | 2019 | RM 5,000
Four Letter | Oil on canvas | 152 x 91 cm | 2019 | RM 3,400