You may have heard of Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Khalil Ibrahim, Zulkifli Yusoff, Anurendra Jegadeva, Peter H. H. Lim, Wong Hoi Cheong and many more famous Malaysian men in fine art. But can you recall at least three local female artists?
Aside from the likes of Yee I-Lann and Engku Iman, how many Malaysian women actually reach your social media feed with their art? We reckon people are more likely to recognize the artwork and not the author when it comes to the Malaysian female artist. But that’s just a hunch; help us figure things out by leaving a comment below!
Thankfully, we stumbled upon MyWomensArt, a brilliant Twitter account which aims the spotlight on Malaysian women in the arts. Through its feed, we discovered some excellent art from local women. There are now over a hundred tweets up there (approximately two posts get shared each day) and each one is something to treasure and RT. This thing definitely warrants more than 570 followers so get yourself subscribing as soon as possible and maybe its curator will increase its output!
MyWomensArt has given us a bit more perspective on the contributions of women to Malaysian art, so here’s a quick art appreciation post we’ve strewn together from our finds. We hope you enjoy these works as much as we did!
Chong Siew Ying‘s Run Baby Run from 2012 was done using charcoal.
Separuh Nafas by Anissa Abdullah, dated 2013.
Shia Yih Ying works with themes like femininity and motherhood as seen in Tolerance! from 2014.
Find A Way by printmaker Izan Tahir.
A painting by Yau Bee Ling from her Wedding Series back in the 90s.
Abstract expressionist Sharifah Fatimah Syed Zubir‘s Seri Jingga Sakti from 1998.
A Lonely Star by Minstrel Kuik.
Core-Lumpo, by Sabahan artist and graphic designer Lina Tan.
This Sylvia Lee Goh painting from her Secret Garden Series 2 is in the Penang State Museum‘s permanent collection.
Labour of Love by Koh Shim Luen from 2010.
A recent piece from Alexandra Hon titled Welcome to the Velvet Room.
Reverie by Melissa Lin, dated 2014.
Graphic designer and illustrator Angel Tang with Painting or Reality?.
The Visitor by Norma Abbas, dated 1991
Where’s Salmah by Nawwar Shukriah (a.k.a Bono Stellar).
Nadia Yasliza with We Don’t Miss What We Did Not Know.
Hitam Manis by photographer Nadirah Zakariyah.
This is Sophia Kamal‘s A Million Souls.
Roadtrip by Margaret Mary Jintoni (a.k.a. Mira Hector), an illustrator from Sabah.
Sharifah Zuriah Aljeffri with Dancing Lotus 1, dated 2006.
Nora Abdullah is Malaya’s first ever woman cartoonist (since 1955!). This is Puteri Saadong from 1987.
Fadilah Karim‘s The Golden Bow and Arrow is a re-imagining of Marina Abramovic‘s The Other Rest Energy.
Mastura Abdul Rahman‘s Gubahan Selerak Kedua was completed in 1999.
Black Moon 3 by Eng Hwee Chu.
Mesearcher by Charis Loke, dated 2015.