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Many times, artist Muhammad Khairullah felt that he is part of the minority that is not being taken seriously. Funny yet serious, his series of paintings portray the “sad but true” nature of the society we live in. By infusing elements of humour into the paintings, the animals have now been removed from its original context of a strong animal into somewhat a laughing stock. Thus, you may say that these paintings are like a stand in for a self-portrait.

Undeniably, animals have been a regular pick in his choice of subject matter. Growing up, he has always been awed by images of animals, be it wild or domesticated. Varying from geographical documentaries to cartoon series, animals are one of the most prominent subjects that interests him till today. He could still recall how he would question his father every time, to compare which of two animals were stronger. Gradually, his fondness for the “second best” became more apparent ( eg. jaguar over the lion, marlin over the shark, etc.).

Khai graduated with a Diploma in Fine Arts (Painting) from Lasalle College of the Arts in 2009. He has participated actively in various exhibitions both in and outside of the college such as France + Singapore New Generation Artist Exhibition (2009), OBSCURE DESIRE(2010) , Art Expo Malaysia (2010), and Affordable Art (2010) to name a few. In 2009, he also bagged the first prize in the SLA painting competition organized by the Singapore Land Authority.

You can view Khai’s artworks at http://paradiseestate.carbonmade.com/

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