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Different Strokes

Mardiana Sani

Photography wunderkind Mardiana Sani is clicking her way through Australia, where she is currently based. Mardiana’s eye-catching shots represent an intelligent view of the human form. Her desire to capture the intricacies of mankind shines through in all her work, and there is a harmony between lens and subject. “A photograph allows for a multitude of emotions to be expressed and interpreted,” she explains.

Danielle Hayes Series, 2013, Mardiana Sani

Danielle Hayes Series, 2013, Mardiana Sani

Danielle Hayes Series, 2013, Mardiana Sani

Danielle Hayes Series, 2013, Mardiana Sani

Rajinder Singh

Second-round finalist of the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in London, this philosophically conscious Malaysian artist delves into his academic background of mathematics and philosophy when it comes to creating art. “I am interested in sculptures that are perched in between form and formlessness, either leaking away or resolutely building some potential systems of knowings,” says Rajinder Singh of his fascination of art as a knowledge beyond the traditional paradigms.

I Am A Big Black Ocean Leaping And Wide, 2014, Rajinder Singh

I Am A Big Black Ocean Leaping And Wide, 2014, Rajinder Singh

Jun Kit

An artist whose simple lines of ink drawings create a surrealist take on the visible and invisible of everyday life, Jun Kit’s quirky and imaginative works of art convey a naturalness of “contemplation, memories, and feelings” beyond the layers of ink and paper. His recent series of works titled ‘Gangguan’ (a two-man exhibit) was “an ode to the coexistence of everything, minding their own business,” he revealed.

Family Portrait, 2014, Jun Kit

Family Portrait, 2014, Jun Kit

Grass Angel, 2014, Jun Kit

Grass Angel, 2014, Jun Kit

Shahril Nizam

An artist has to have a curious roving eye to take in all things around him, and whatever catches his attention is what inspires brush to paper and camera to subject. Shahril Nizam is no different. His whimsical body of work wraps around all things ordinary with animated depictions from the depths of his imagination.

The Island, 2009, Shahril Nizam

The Island, 2009, Shahril Nizam

Keith Chee

In a rapidly growing industry, fashion photographer Keith Chee has managed to stand his ground by freezing quick fashion moments with great depth through his lens. Having shot for both international as well as Malaysian magazines, Chee is constantly experimenting with movement within still images.

Exhale,2013, Keith Chee

Exhale,2013, Keith Chee

Juhari Said

One of Malaysia’s best printmakers, Juhari Said has explored various forms of printmaking – techniques involving etching, silk screens, wooden blocks, and many others. With more than 10 solo exhibitions under his belt, Juhari’s traditional yet surrealistic take on printmaking as a pure art form has taken him to Tokyo, Paris, Indonesia, Austria, and Spain.

Jantan, 2005, Juhari Said

Jantan,2005, Juhari Said