Diverse Vision Of Artistic Family
THE Rendezvous-Trio Art Exhibition at Galeri Seni Mutiara in Armenian Street, Penang, shows that artistic talent runs in the family.
It brings together some three dozen works by Prof Dr Baharudin Mohd Arus and his two sons Maizul Affendy and Firdauz Ridzuan.
The creations all have different styles and themes.
Mount Kinabalu is the focus of Prof Dr Baharudin’s five acrylic and mixed media pieces.
The 67-year-old, an associate professor at Universiti Malaysia Sabah, visits the area frequently.
In March, he reached the summit on his own, gaining a new perspective on the mountain so revered by local groups.
His impressionist works are representations of his awe and having them displayed alongside his sons’ own creations fills him with pride.
“While I never purposely steered my sons into art, the time we spent in art galleries through all my years as a professor probably rubbed off on them.
“As a father, I’m just glad to be able to share and pass on my art knowledge,” the family patriarch said at the show’s recent opening.
Maizul, a mass communications lecturer at KDU Penang University College, said the idea for a family exhibition came up during Hari Raya last year.
“The challenge was finding the right moment and getting all our works ready.
“We each have very different rituals and perspectives on creating art,” said the 41-year-old who displayed 23 frames from his Head series.
There are a further five Gratify The Dogma works which are a commentary on modern people’s dependence on technological gadgets.
Firdauz, a 31-year-old graphic designer, has a series of four works titled ‘The Descrambler’, ‘The Plantora’, ‘The Somatogram’ and ‘The Memorizer’.
“They are a reflection of my life’s journey with my mother,” he pointed out.
All the works of the brothers are in mixed media.
The exhibition was opened by Datuk Dr Mohamed Najib Dawa, chief director of the National Visual Arts Gallery.
It continues until Sunday and is open for viewing from 11am to 6pm daily. Admission is free.