Lot 076

b. Johor, 1988


Signed and dated ‘Fadilah Karim ‘10’ (lower left)
Oil on canvas
183cm x 122cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE  RM 6,000 - 8,000
Featuring at auction for the first time is a talented, young, female figurative painter Fadilah Karim. She immaculately renders the human form and portraiture in her paintings displaying her technical superiority. Her stylistic approach is highly distinctive through her application of brushwork and colours, layers of translucent and reductive palette to create her signature multiple planes often dominate her large scale canvas. Her reservedness in her choice of subject matter, painting only family members and close friends can perhaps indicate a degree of personal emotional attachment.

Depicted here is a close up side profile of a youthful man clad in a plain brown T-shirt, captured in his highs as he wears a big smile, showing his perfect white upper teeth. Conceived for her graduate show, this large picture is purportedly known to be of the artist’s best friend at the time. A graduate of Universiti Institut Teknologi MARA, she gained the attention of many through her graduate show. Fadilah Karim has participated in a number of group exhibitions most recently titled Young Guns (Kuala Lumpur, 2013) (Penang, 2014) (Singapore, 2014), a traveling exhibition of HOM Art Trans young artist award recipients; Sekaki at Segaris Art Center, Kuala Lumpur; Transit A4 at HOMS Art Trans, Kuala Lumpur and Deceitful Truth at Galeri Chandan, Kuala Lumpur. She was granted her first solo exhibition titled Vague at Pace Gallery, Selangor in 2012.