NAJIB AHMAD BAMADHAJ
b. Johor, 1987
SHARK NIGHT, 2011
Signed and dated ‘NAJIB AHMAD 11' lower right
Mixed media on canvas
50cm x 120cm
Collection of Ambassador Dato' N. Parameswaran
ESTIMATE RM 2,800 - 3,500
|Najib Ahmad Bamadhaj completed his Diploma of Fine Art from UiTM Melaka in 2008 after which he attained a Bachelor of Fine Art from UiTM Shah Alam in 2010. The artist describes his work as a representation of the concept of a wall. These pictorial walls appear to have been graffitied and also bring to mind ancient cave paintings. His works are a blending of two images - the wall as a central image with his chosen icons covering it.
Najib has taken part in a multitude of exhibitions among which are ‘Endangered’ at Taksu in 2011 and ‘HIMPUN’ at National Art Gallery Malaysia in 2010. Najib also has many awards and achievements under his belt. The most significant being the finalist of the Malaysia Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB) Art Awards held by National Art Gallery Malaysia in 2008, First Prize in Tanjong Heritage Art Competition in Kuala Lumpur in 2010 and most recently a finalist in the Visual Art Awards held by Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur in 2011.
As seen in Najib Ahmad Bamadhaj’s work, two surfaces appear separated; the wall that is ever present in his works and the image of a shark with its jaws gaping wide open accompanied by other sharks. These icons almost overwhelm and mask the wall that is meant to be the centre of attention, however splatters of paint and intentional discolouration hint at the wall beneath. These characteristics of the painting also suggest passage of time and past experiences which besides creating dynamism, highlight the idea of the wall in Najib’s pieces, bringing to mind paintings on walls that have been degraded over time. Although there is no sense of perspective in the classical sense, making the piece appear simplistic and plain, there is still an active feel owing to the profusion of gestural lines, splashes and faded colour in places.
Young and Contemporary, Pace Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, 2011