Syazwan Rahim graduated from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Seri Iskandar, Perak with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Hons) in 2016. Since he was a student, Syazwan has been actively working on his craft and exhibiting his works in the local scene. Syazwan’s work is based in a study of geography and critiques on the stability of global ecological systems. Through paintings that relate to geographical mapping, the artist attempts to record real-world happenings while communicating abstract emotions. Syazwan explores artistic elements and principles, along with concepts and materiality.
Afiq Romi (b.1997, Penang) earned his B.A (Hons) in Fine Art, Faculty of Art and Design from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Shah Alam in 2021. Afiq is a multidisciplinary artist working with paintings, drawing and new media. Afiq takes interest in the mundane, and combines simple subjects with surrealistic twists that explore personal narratives of memories and experiences. Afiq has exhibited both locally and internationally since 2017, and has been featured in two online publications
The mission is to construct dot mark-making on the surface/canvas. The paintings create ethereal spaces that offer perspective as people approach and move around them. Upon close inspection, the size and spacing of the coloured paint application are meticulously controlled, while the overall effect evokes a sense of mystery, drawing inspiration from the pointillism technique. If anything, they strive to align with the mission statement articulated by Rothko, who once said, "I'm not an abstract artist, I'm not interested in the relationship of colour or form or anything else. I'm interested only in expressing basic human emotions" (Wallpaper, / Art, 22 October 2015, by Michael Slenske).
I paint at a slow and steady pace, carefully applying the colours on the canvas dot by dot to avoid mixing or smudging. The pointillist style is challenging to execute, but the concept is straightforward. Rather than mixing colours on the palette, I use small dots of distinct colour and rely on optical mixing to achieve the desired effect. The degree of optical mixing depends on the size of the paint dots applied and the viewing distance. Smaller dots result in more pronounced optical mixing. Through this process, my aim is to capture the essence of Rothko's and Anne Truitt's colour fields, as well as Damien Hirst's spot paintings. I look forward to developing a body of work that is pure and authentic, while maintaining its elemental energy from the edge.
Muhammad Izzudin Basiron was born in 1994 in Selangor, Malaysia. Izzuddin pursued a diploma and a degree in Fine Arts at UiTM Shah alam from 2012 to 2017. Izzuddin was exposed to the local art scene in 2014 and has been actively exhibiting his works since. Living and working in Kuala Lumpur, Izzuddin finds himself inspired by the local cityscape and reimagines geometric shapes in saturated dreamscapes. Outside of his studio practice, Izzuddin works as a videographer for artists and galleries around Malaysia. Izzuddin has recently exhibited in Taksu Singapore for SAW (Singapore Art Week) and other exhibitions locally and abroad.