B. Kelantan, 1980
Signed and dated “Ilham 2009” on lower right
PACE GALLERY gallery label affixed on the reverse
Acrylic and collage on linen
123 x 183 cm
Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Illustrated on page 18 of “TO LIE IN RUINS” exhibition catalogue
Published in 2009 by PACE GALLERY
RM 6,000 – RM 8,000
Ilham Fadhli is an artist that loves to create a different world, a different realm. Whether utopian or dystopian, his pieces are compelling as they evoke so much emotion just by glancing at them. Harrowing, gloomy and devastating, this piece is a blantat commentary on a dystopian future – or is it the present state of our world? Factories are shown emitting thick black and grey smoke that ultimately delivers a message, and this successfully captures the attention of the viewer for long moments. It is a piece that makes you think and dissect the meaning behind it, as well as evoke certain feelings about the state of our world.
Ilham Fadhli was born in Pasir Mas, Kelantan. He obtained his Bachelor of Fine Art from UITM Shah Alam, and has held a solo exhibition in 2009 entitled “To Lie in Ruins”. He has participated in a number of group exhibitions, such as the “Sama Sama” Nothatbalai Festival” in 2007, and in 2008 “RAPAT UMUM MERDEKA”, “Friction”, “Force of Nature”, and in 2009 “IMCAS” and “WWF”, MATAHATI in 2010 and 2011 and others. He has won awards such as the 2006 Arts & Earth Grand Prize, and the 3rd Prize in MEKAR CITRA.