NIZAR KAMAL ARIFFIN
(B. Pahang, 1964)
Mask Series, 1999
Signed and dated “NIZAR 99” on lower middle
Acrylic on canvas
61 x 61 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
AVAILABLE – RM 6,000 – RM 9,000
“He expresses spirituality, human faith, personal growth, freedom and an interconnected world in the paintings, which are mostly in earth tones, monochrome and metal colours.”
Nizar, born 9 September, 1964, hails from Kuala Lipis, Pahang. He joined Senika, Pahang’s art society in 1984. He worked at the Ministry of Culture and Youth and was appointed resident artist at Taman Seni Budaya Pahang. In 1986, he studied Fine Arts and Graphics at University Sains Malaysia. After graduating, he continued to paint arduously, moving to Kuala Lumpur in 1993 to paint at Central Market and Angkatan Pelukis SeMalaysia House. In 1998, he became a full-time artist and eventually joined the Artists Colony at Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex.
Nizar believes that in the final analysis, everyone is the same. One may lead a privileged life, a suffering life or am a successful individual but as Nizar portrays in his “Bayang” (Shadow), a metamorphosis from this series -”Topeng” (Mask) & later “Faces and Faces”, his subjects are just unidentifiable silhouettes.