“Kumpulan Solo”, by Azam Aris, Daud Rahim, Issarezal Ismail, Ruzzeki Harris and Dr Zakaria Ali. They will
showcase their new works as introductory pieces for their upcoming solos happen at HOM in 2023.
Not a new name in the Malaysian art scenes, these artists continue marking a new trajectory propelled by in-depth understanding of their new body of works.
Azam Aris and Ruzzeki Harris were one of the first
participants of HOM residency in 2008, while Daud Rahim and Issarezal Ismail has been closely liaising with
HOM is known as a gallery that provides a platform for the younger generation of artists. Despite this, HOM
always looks forward to work with senior artists. For this year, we proudly welcomed Dr. Zakaria Ali, a senior
artist to have his solo exhibition. This exhibition starts from 18th of March until 8th of April 2023.HOM is open to
public from 11am - 6pm, Tuesday to Saturday.
DR ZAKARIA ALI
Dr Zakaria Ali is a Malaysian artist who is also a scholar in the arts. Born in
Kampung Batu in Rembau, Negeri Sembilan in 1946, Dr Zakaria is very actively
involved in the development of Malaysian arts and culture where he is known for
his paintings while he is also a very popular writer.
Dr Zakaria is a very respective writer in literature and poems where he obtained
his early schooling years in Johor Bahru. He would then continue on at the
Undang Rembau English School before heading to Southwestern University in
Georgetown, Texas where he obtained his Bachelor in Fine Arts degree. After
that, he continued at the Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas
where he completed his Masters degree. He would then further enhance his
academic qualifications when he completed his Masters in Art History at the
Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico. Dr Zakaria then completed his
PhD in 1991 at Harvard University.
Dr Zakaria was once a curator at the Pesta Pekan Seni in Ipoh while his works
have been exhibited around the world ever since. Among some of his notable solo
shows include the “Mexico: Impressions and Memories” show held at the
Universiti Sains Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery and the “Dr.Zakaria Ali
Retrospective” show at The Art Gallery in Bellisa Row, Penang. Apart from that, Dr
Zakaria’s works were also involved in group exhibitions since 1975 where he was
involved in the Instituto de Relaciones Cultural Mexico Norte Americanos in
Mexico City, the “Pertama IV” (Ismail Abdullah, Baharudin Arus, Mohd. Najib
Ahmad Dawa), The Creative Center show organized by the National Art Gallery in
Kuala Lumpur, the “Cita Rasa Malaysia Indah” show at the Bank Negara Malaysia
and many more.
The Red Pulley 9AM
Dr. Zakaria Ali | Oil on canvas | 116.8 x 89 cm | 2022 | RM 45,000
In the patio anjung, which I have turned into an open studio, I get the
morning sun direct every morning. The quality of lights differ each
time I pause to ponder. Intensely bright to mildly diffused, landing on
the railings, the pillars, the wall, the chains, the stacks of weights, the
floor, on the canvas, the easel, transforming precious fleeting
moments to a standstill.
Di anjung patio yang sudah aku jadikan studio terbuka, aku mendapat
cahaya matahari pagi masuk melimpah. Kualiti cahaya itu berbeza
setiap kali aku tersentak renung berterfakur. Cerah terik ke cerah
lembut, ia melimpahi alang terati, tiang, dinding, rantai besi, keping-keping besi, lantai, kanvas, esel, merubah momen-momen syahdu itu
menjadi kekal dalam kesementaraannya.
Halim Grass Cutter
Dr. Zakaria Ali | Oil on canvas | 81 x 81 cm | 2021 | RM 35,000
Halim is a maintenance crew of five in the hills where I domicile,
cutting grass, chopping trees, clearly underbrush, shooing off
monkeys, guarding the night security post. Pathologically unable to
say No, he is been bullied to do work beyond his contracted tasks,
covering for others who take his good-heartedness for granted. The
stark yellow of his front fender suddenly assumes the stature of
nobility that matches fact to symbol.
Halim, anggota krew tapak seramai lima orang di daerah bukit tempat
aku bersarang, memotong rumput, menebang pokok, membersih
semak, menghalau beruk, menjaga malam di pos “security”. Memang
tidak berupaya menolak, dia selalu dibuli disuruh kerja di luar bidang
tugas kontraknya, mengganti orang yang mengambil kesempatan
hatinya yang lembut mulia. Fender motorsikalnya yang kuning itu
tiba-tiba memperolehi taraf mertabat tinggi, fakta dan simbol padan
Dr. Zakaria Ali | Oil on canvas | 89 x 116 cm | 2021 | RM 45,000
We have been married over forty years, raising four boys who
have since grown and left, leaving the two us to continue. She
cleans the veranda, waters the plants, feeds the fish, the cats,
the dogs, then relaxes watching Korean flicks on Netflix,
reclining on the cough in the living room, by the window,
oblivious to the world. Not understanding the language but
follows the story, she is fully engrossed, often in tears, which
Kami sudah mendirikan rumah tangga lebih empat puluh
tahun, membesarkan empat orang anak yang setelah dewasa
berpindah keluar, meninggalkan kami berdua menyambung
sisa usia. Isteri membasuh veranda, menyiram pokok-pokok
bunga, memberi makan ikan, kucing, anjing, kemudian relaks
tengok cerita Korea di Netflik, terlentang di atas sofa di ruang
tamu, sebelah tingkap, alpha dunia sekitar. Tanpa
mengetahui bahasa Korea tapi faham jalan cerita, dia amat
asyik, kerap menintiskan air mata, sehingga hatiku tercuit-cuit.
Daud Rahim is a Perak born artist that has started his journey as a painter
since 1992. An alumni of UiTM & now works as a lecturer at the Fine Art
Department UiTM Seri Iskandar, Perak. He graduated in 1996 acquiring his
Bachelor’s Degree in sculpture and painting where he then furthers his
Master’s Degree in Drawing at Machester Metropolitan University, UK in 2001.
Since then, he has 4 solo exhibition on his sleeve which is Visual Invocation at
Art Space Gallery in 2004, Ruang at Darling Muse Gallery in 2006, Jiwa at
Segaris Art Center in 2013 and most recently, Hidup also at Segaris Art Center
Working at his studio, Studio Coret at Seri Iskandar Perak, Daud has been
actively participating in various group exhibitions locally and also
internationally where his paintings talks about the relationship of human and
nature surroundings them.
ARTIST STATEMENT - DAUD RAHIM
Imaginasi mengubah wajah dunia.
Dalam sekelip mata kita mampu menjadi apa sahaja di dalam imaginasi. Apa
sahaja yg terniat di hati akan datanglah gambaran imaginasi serta merta.
Ianya akan terpampang seperti wayang. terbang, berenang, kaya, miskin,
lemah, super hero, super star, memiliki mahligai yg indah diperbuat dari
berlian dan berbagai-bagai lagi. Munculnya pelbagai kenderaan di udara, di
laut, di darat, bangunan, filem, masakan, pakaian serta semua yang tidak
pernah terfikir oleh logik akal sebelum itu.
Adakala imaginasi menjadi penggalak untuk kita berbuat sesuatu perkara,
sementara di waktu yang lain ia boleh menghalangnya. Imaginasi juga menjadi
penggalak untuk mencapai cita-cita dan menjadi penghalang kepada membuat
kerosakan. Ada juga berlaku sebaliknya.
Begitu banyak imej yang telah saya kumpul di dalam diri saya, hanya
menunggu masa untuk dikeluarkan sahaja dalam bentuk arca, catan, seni
cetak dan lukisan. 3 buah karya ini adalah hasil imaginasi. Mengukir imej yang
memang sudah sedia ada di dalam diri saya. Masuk studio terus melukis.
Masuk bengkel terus mengukir. Tanpa merujuk/meniru apa-apa imej.
Semuanya adalah hasil dari kekuatan imaginasi.
Pensel dan Epal
Daud Rahim | Kayu chengal emas, graphite & cat aerosol | 13 x 6 x 5.5 inci | 2023 | RM3500 / Reserved
Daud Rahim | Kayu chengal emas, graphite & cat aerosol | 29.5 x 6 x 3.5 inci | 2023 | RM4700 / Reserved
Pensel, Cabai, dan Pear
Daud Rahim | Kayu chengal emas, graphite & cat aerosol | 8 x 6 x 5.5 inci | 2023 | RM 2,500
Issarezal Ismail (b.1978) was born in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan. Growing
up in an environment close to the sea and mangrove swamps, instilled his love
for nature from a very young age. His relationship with art grew stemmed
from his observations of the interests of his elders, notably his grandfather
who was a carpenter and traditional musician. His passion for art was further
cultivated during his teenage years and further developed when he opted to
take his Bachelor Degree in Fine Art at UiTM Perak in the year of 1996.
After completing his degree, Issa decided to become a lecturer at several
colleges and universities around Malaysia. Currently, he is Senior Lecturer at
the UiTM, Perak Branch in Seri Iskandar. Before relocating to Perak, he had
previously resided in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah for almost 5 years where he
completed his PhD.
His works are often inspired by life experiences that he has had in the
environment in which he lives; either it is related to nature, humans or other
socio-cultural phenomena. All of his ideas are usually wrapped in visual
combinations that generally have a surreal effect that is contested by the
ARTIST STATEMENT - ISSAREZAL ISMAIL
Some of the works on display are part of the series THANK YOU FOR THE LESSONS
YOU HAVE TAUGHT ME. It was inspired by personal experiences that I gathered
during my return to Seri Iskandar in the last three years, especially through
conversations and communication with fellow artists, collectors and gallerists
whom I met in various situations and events, both in the physical world and the
Conversations about art and artists, whether it's recalling memories from the past
or current situations are often laced with advice, hints or even reminders about
how one should or shouldn’t do in order to pursue this challenging field.
All the advice and hint were wrapped, opened and composed again through the
representation of my body in various poses together with various subject matter
(nature and man-made objects) to represent and express the world of art / artists
that has two sides. On one hand, it is full of excitement that goes beyond optimism
itself. On the other hand, it is loaded with tests and challenges that are full of
I, then painted the visual image on the corrugated board that mounted on the
frame-like board resulting from the paper casting technique. For me, a piece of
paper is really fragile. However, paper that is shredded, crushed and then inserted
into the mold can become very strong result. That is the frame of the world of art /
artist itself; at least for me. I have to accept all of my shortcomings to in order to
gain my strengths in this field.
They say that art is like a thorn in a man's heart
Issarezal Ismail | Acrylic on corrugated board pasted onto paper casting board | 54 x 54cm (with frame) | 2023 | RM2300 / Reserved
They told me to fly and I dreamed about it
Issarezal Ismail | Acrylic on corrugated board pasted onto paper casting board | 80 x 70 cm (with frame) | 2023 | RM3800 / Reserved
The weight of hope for me to cross this field
Issarezal Ismail | Acrylic on corrugated board pasted onto paper casting board | 70 x 80 cm (with frame) | 2023 | RM3800 / Reserved
Azam Aris received his Bachelor in Fine Art in UiTM Shah Alam (2005-2007).
After graduating from art school, he was selected by HOM Art Trans to be part
of a young artist residency program, which took 6 months and concluded with
his first solo exhibition titled Float. His second solo exhibition, Paranoia, was
held at RA Fine Art in 2010. He was one of the finalists for the 2005 Nokia Art
Award and the 2007 Pact Max Malaysian Art Award, and won a Consolation
Prize in the Live Drawing competition organised by National Art Gallery
Malaysia in 2005.
The artist has participated in many group exhibitions, including Open Show
(2002) at the Sri Pinang Gallery in Penang; Experimental Video (2005) at the
Multimedia Gallery, MMU, Cyberjaya; Sonic Cosmic (2006) at the Planetarium
Negara, Kuala Lumpur; Young & New Part 1 (2008) at HOM Art Trans, Ampang;
BAD (2010) at MAP @ Solaris, Kuala Lumpur; and Young Contemporaries (2010)
at the National Art Gallery Malaysia. His recent solo exhibition Hidden Beyond
Yesterday was held at HOM Art Trans in 2018.
ARTIST STATEMENT - AZAM ARIS
Karya ini adalah inspirasi artist terhadap kemasukan budaya-budaya luar ke dalam
negara. Ini bukanlah sesuatu yang baru malah telah wujud lagi seawal abad ke-18
pemerintahan British ke atas tanah Malaya. Budaya yang melemahkan fikiran dan
jasad wajar ditolak tepi, malah mengangkat budaya luar lebih dari budaya asli
adalah satu tindakan kufur.
Pengamalan konsep sekular sudah lama dipupuk baik dari segi pendidikan, cara
kehidupan, perkembangan pemikiran sehingga ke harini. Artist menganggap ini
sebagai satu perkara yang tidak sihat dan secara tidak sedar kita semua telah
hidup seiringan dengan budaya dari luar ini. Kesimpulannya karya ini adalah satu
bentuk asimilasi dan jalinan diplomasi budaya luar
Azam Aris | Oil & acrylic on canvas | 128 x 128 cm | 2023 | RM 8,000
Azam Aris | Ink on paper | 30 x 42 cm | 2023 | Reserved
Dingin Semilir Pagi
Azam Aris | Ink on paper | 30 x 42 cm | 2023 | RM 2,000
Azam Aris | Ink on paper | 30 x 42 cm | 2023 | RM 2,000
Pop Surrealism is the visual conduit used by emerging artist Ruzzeki Harris to
communicate his observations and express his angst concerning the world
around him. Whether touching on events and issues that are more localized to
Malaysia, or broader global phenomena, the raw visceral imagery utilized in
his works resonates with viewers universally.
Inspired by surrealist greats such as Salvador Dali and René Margritte, the
figurative style employed by this artist is quite distinct, and no holds are
barred when conveying a message. Ruzzeki’s works speak directly to the
viewer, without the need for feigned niceties, capturing what artist himself
describes as the “raw emotion of the street” (as stated in the introduction to
his 3rd solo exhibition Point Blank).
Ruzzeki pointedly critiques the many idiosyncrasies he observes using of raw
pop culture iconographies and symbolisms, and their strategic surreal
utilization within his works. Politics, governance, and social behavior are
among the many contemporary subjects that he addresses in his art.
ARTIST STATEMENT - RUZZEKI HARRIS
A front liner is a professional who provides essential services. They often regularly
interact with their organizations prospective or current customers. A front liner
represents their company to the public. They can work in a range of industries,
which in this case: healthcare.
Looking back during the covid pandemic period, the front liners plays a major role
during those distressing moment. In my point of view, they are under appreciated.
Being physically fatigued and mentally worn out, drench in their own sweat with
the ‘ppz’ suit on, it is a devastating scenery.
They are the real definition of the true ‘unsung heroes’, as far as I'm concerned,
undebatable. And their sacrifices will never be forgotten.
Ruzzeki Harris | Oil on canvas | 122 x 168 cm | 2020-2022 | RM 13,000
Ruzzeki Harris | Oil on canvas | 153 x 153 cm | 2021-2023 | RM 13,000