Ali Nurazmal Yusoff is in the midst of putting the final touches into his latest body works that will be showcased at Art Stage Singapore, between January 21 and 24.
Showcasing on an international platform, under the banner of Core Design Gallery, is a dream come true for the 37-year-old. Despite the butterflies in his stomach, he hopes to leave a good lasting impression on visitors. His project, ReALISM, is a rare exploration of Malaysia’s contemporary art history, seen through eyes of the artist. Also thrown into the mix, the country’s systematic chaos and diversity that shapes his identity.
His booth at Art Stage Singapore will be divided into three parts. Progression is a compilation of Ali’s exhibition posters, press clippings, old paintings and scrapbooks that detail his artistic trajectory. Now is represented by Resurrection, his new major quadriptych work measuring 7x12 feet which delves into current issus such as the socio-political environment in the country.
Future will give visitors a sneak peek into his coming explorations through the Ralik 2 painting. The strokes are bolder while the lines of movement have become more fluid and expressive. It shows Ali’s transition from Resurrection to the technical style that he will be displaying more of moving forward. He does exceptionally well in merging forms with the formless, the real and subconscious; and meditative with trance.
“When a new artist or artwork is introduced to a foreign audience, it is difficult for them to understand the works and its creation. Progression will help audience understand my 20 year journey and evolution as an artist,” explains Ali.
In 2012, he introduced ALISM and it was mainly about self-exploration and rendering realism art. “After the conclusion of ALISM, for three years, I continued to perfect the techniques of abstraction, lines, space, perspective and movement; before combining them into a winning formula. The new style in painting forms can be seen in my latest works.”
The artist employs interesting techniques of painting dramatic and descriptive movements and forms straight onto canvas without using projectors or sketches. His next challenge is to be relevant and recognised within the region, creating art that resonates with audience beyond the boundaries of his country.
Another contemporary artist to look out for: Anurendra Jegadeva and his critically acclaimed body of works.