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Lot 096

HAMIR SOIB @ MOHAMED
b. Johor, 1969

THE FRESH GRADUATE, 2007

Signed and dated ‘Hamir 07’ (lower right)
Oil on canvas
213.5cm x 122cm

PROVENANCE
Private Collection, United Kingdom.

EXHIBITED
Matahati – For Your Pleasure, Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur, 2008; illustrated on exhibition catalogue page 213.


ESTIMATE  RM 25,000 - 35,000

PRICE REALISED  RM 31,360
PRICE REALISED  RM 20,000
Hamir Soib’s works radiate a distinctive aura. Enigmatic, dark and ominous the imagery is usually surreal, depicting people locked in struggle or contorted and disfigured. He is mostly known for his works that employ bitumen and are characterised by mottled and flecked textures as well as drips. It is the strong atmosphere that is most distinguishing in all Hamir’s paintings. The Fresh Graduate is part of a series of works that was exhibited in a show titled Imbasan, where Hamir explored socio-political matters through his own unique visual interpretations. It portrays a seemingly disfigured or contorted head with mouth wrapped and eyes taped shut, locked within a wooden board. Hands appear further down the board, tied together. The painting describes Hamir’s opinions on the root of what he saw as ‘social ills,’ and how it starts from the home and in school.

“It’s not sufficient to be just literate, we have to be civic-minded too,” Hamir once said. This thought, and what Hamir saw as the current state of society seems to be visualised in The Fresh Graduate where the ‘student’ is bound and blinded to the surroundings as well as the book held in the hands. Hamir graduated from Universiti Teknologi MARA and is one of the founding members of the progressive art group Matahati. Having worked on numerous large-scale pieces as a result of undertaking commissions to paint backdrops for theatre productions, Hamir’s own paintings are mostly executed on ‘larger than life’ canvases. He won the award of Best Art Director in the 14th Malaysia Film Festival and Young Artists Incentive Award from Galeri Shah Alam in 2005. He was a finalist for the Sovereign Art Award, Hong Kong in 2007 and was also a non-resident artist at Malihom, Penang in the same year.