ILHAM FADHLI SHAIMY A.K.A KOJEK
b. Kelantan, 1980
THE LATE GREATS (NOT TOO LATE, NOT THAT GREAT), 2010
Signed and dated 'Ilham 2010' (lower right)
Mixed media on paper
143cm x 158cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.
ESTIMATE RM 13,000 - 16,000
|Making his first appearance at Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers auction, Ilham Fadhli Shaimy also known as Kojek is an artist with an inexorable imagination. He takes his viewers on an edgy yet arresting adventure to an unfamiliar land beyond earth with his dark and surreal landscapes. The Late Greats (Not Too Late, Not That Great) depicts a bizarre landscape - an unfertile soil jarring and uneven in its terrain though a lone tree stands strong on the right side of the composition, a rocky mountain dominating the background, smoke polluting the area and human and animal figures of disproportionate sizes scatter the ground in their own bewildering actions – finely and intricately illustrated in black ink, pencil, charcoal and red coloured pencil.
Ilham Fadhli graduated with a Degree in Fine Arts from Universiti Institut Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam in 2003. Subsequently, he has frequently exhibited in galleries across Kuala Lumpur and had spent a term as the 16th Artist in Residence at Rimbun Dahan from 2010 to 2011. Ilham’s work addresses contemporary issues through an absurdist or surrealist narrative. He has held a two-man show with fellow artist Haslin Ismail titled Friction in Kuala Lumpur (2008) and a solo exhibition titled To Lie in Ruins held at Pace Gallery (2010). His collages often incorporate delicate figures, dramatic colours and the use of scale to create these narratives and invite the viewer to discuss the issues raised. Ilham’s works have been featured in the Rimbun Dahan Artist in Residence Show (2011), Spice! at Pace Gallery, Petaling Jaya (2010) and the MATAHATI Art Triangle held at National Visual Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur (2010). He has also participated in a group exhibition in Singapore (2011), curated by the artist and curatorial collective called Flying Karpet Company founded by contemporary artists Aswad Ameir, Saiful Razman and Shahrul Jamili.