Lot 047

b. Malacca, 1970


Mixed media on paper
59cm x 84cm

Private Collection, Penang;
acquired through Wei-Ling Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.

Filtered, Wei-Ling Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, 2007.

ESTIMATE  RM 3,500 - 5,000

Noor Azizan Rahman, also known as Paiman, creates what seems to be an innocent, surreal and amusing imagery that is in fact embedded with thoughtful, sobering context referencing specific controversial events in this series. The Challenger I Page III was exhibited in a group show named Filtered that served as an assessment to the mass media and its altered nature of journalism, where he incorporated quotes by notable political figures into childlike illustrations of imagined characters. The quotes are always in typewritten fonts with all in uppercase, and this snippet by Ahmad Shabery Cheek refers to some ‘sacred cows’ that need to be continuously nurtured, pampered and placated. In part it reads: “Mereka ini ‘lembu susu’ kerana diberi makan, bukan dapat hasil, tetapi disembah. Bila sakit di beri lagi.” But the artist just fishes the quotes from the print media at random, to add a weighty, if disjunctive, element to his caricatures. He uses a caterpillar mutant with human hands, legs, funky hairdos and tails, to mock at the singular quest for some goodies at the other end, which may be fraught with unsuspected dangers.

Noor Azizan Rahman Paiman has consistently created quirky non-conventional artworks of caricatures and mixed media contraptions lampooning socio-political issues since his student days. He represented Malaysia at the 5th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in 2006. He has won the Minor Award of the Young Contemporary Artists thrice – in 1992, 1994 and 1997. In 2002, he clinched the YCA’s Major Award. His other awards include the Pearson Lowe Prize in the Royal Overseas London competition in 1996. He was resident artist in Japan in 1999 for the 1st Asian Art Triennial in Fukuoka, Japan, and at Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur in 2005. He graduated with a Bachelor’s (Hons) degree in Fine Art from Universiti Institut Teknologi MARA (UiTM) in 1995. He then attained his MFA from the Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom in 2000. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Art and Design in UiTM, Perak. He has held several solo exhibitions with his latest entitled Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves in 2012.