Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 2:31 AM

 Johan Ishak
Oil on Canvas 
60cm X 90cm
31 December 2013
5:50 p.m.
Shah Alam


KELAHIRAN is about the birth of a nation, Malaysia. It is actually my own expression of the Malaysian flag. Notice the red and white stripes and the blue plain. The flag has a 14 spoke star in front of the moon. That does not make sense geographically. The stars, as we know, has always been far, far farther from the moon. Hence I decided to pain the moon in front with the star shining from far in the galaxy. The moon is also my way of giving tribute to my favourite Modernist painter, Ismail Latiff, who never fail to paint a moon in each and every art work that he produces. This piece is however not a Modernist style. I take it as Contemporary because there is an element of realism (The moon as well as the standing figure of the 1st Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman) combined with the random splash of energetic feel in the red lines like that of Husin Hourmain's work (a Islamic Contemporary artist). But, I leave it to the viewers to decide. It's art anyway. It is open for interpretation.



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