GREAT MIGRATION: A Solo Exhibition by Najib Ahmad Bamadhaj
TAKSU KL, 4 – 20 October 2012

TAKSU Kuala Lumpur is honored to present Great Migration, the first solo exhibition by Malaysian artist Najib Bamadhaj. Although Great Migration marks Najib Bamadhaj’s first solo exhibition, many will already recognise the young artist’s distinctive style among the paintings here. With Great Migration, Najib returns to TAKSU with a series that continues the themes and motifs from Endangered. However, these new paintings also speak of an artist with a maturing style, eye for experimentation and growing self-awareness. Once again, wild animal motifs prevail, but now the focus has shifted from static depictions of mother and child to paintings of larger groups in movement. Previously muted palettes have also been enlivened with vivid blocks of colour: a red zebra leaps from splashes of blue water; a purple elephant calf huddles by his mother’s luminous side. In the Endangered series, text was often overlaid on the paintings to emphasise the vulnerability of his subject. Phrases such as “There’s no place like home” carried an ironic resonance, suggesting the rootlessness of animals that had been hunted or captured. Great Migration continues this theme, most notably in the title of the series itself.

“Normally a ‘great migration’ means moving to a new place to find water. But in my case, these animals are moving from jungle to town because mankind is cutting all the trees, demolishing their habitats,” – Najib Bamadhaj

NAJIB AHMAD BAMADHAJ (b. 1987 in Johor, Malaysia). Painting, to Najib Ahmad, describes the concept of a wall, translated with paint on canvas. The wall is the main image, whereas the subject on the surface is the secondary image. Born in 1987 in Johor, Malaysia, Najib Ahmad Bamadhaj completed his Diploma in Fine Art from UiTM Melaka in 2008, followed by B.A. (Hons) in Fine Art (Painting) from UiTM Shah Alam in 2010. To date, Najib had participated in numerous group exhibitions, among which are: Endangered, a two-man show with Hirzaq Harris at TAKSU KL (2011), Visual Art Award (2011), LiFest at MAPKL (2011), HIMPUN at National Art Gallery KL (2010), and many others. Najib was the Finalist ofMRCB Art Awards National Art Gallery KL (2008), 1st Prize Winner in Tanjong Heritage Art Competition KL (2010), and Finalist of VAA KL (2011). Najib Ahmad Bamadhaj currently lives and works in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Exhibition runs from 4 – 20 October 2012.

Opening reception: Thursday, 4 October 2012, 7.30-10.30pm.
RSVP at by 3 October.


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