FAIZAL SUHIF – b. 1984, Muar, Malaysia
After his Diploma in Fine Art at UiTM in Malacca (2002-2006), he graduated with a Degree Hons in Fine Art (2008) and a Master of Fine Art and Technology (2013 ) in UiTM Shah Alam. He specialises in charcoal drawing and printmaking and has won various awards such as the Excellent Master Award UiTM, the Honourable Mention, NBC 1st Screen Print Biennale in Japan and the UOB Painting of the Year Bronze Award in 2015. Faizal has been exhibiting in Malaysia and abroad (Dakha, Tokyo, Berlin) since 2004.
He gets his inspiration through his admiration of nature. Faizal describes his creative process and his tarvels saying: “I am fascinated by the interplay of order and randomness that is found where man and nature meet” he said. “I have depicted isolated areas of scene which seem floating, silent, dark and gloomy… It was an interesting journey because each place gives a different marking…I [am] left with some exquisite marks that are a curious mixture of planning and randomness which something I feels underlies so much of my work.”
I have an intense interest in the natural world and in the detail of organic things. I am fascinated by the interplay of order and randomness that is found where man and nature meet.
My work combines the textural qualities of textile and printmaking processes, including monoprints, naturally, it sourced from mark-making.
My artwork reflects a particular subject that closed to my heart. I have depicted isolated areas of scene which seem floating, silent, dark and gloomy.
It also features an unusual viewpoint by depicts a pattern of soil and floating seeds lurking within. There are images of seeds from different plant types. Its function is to learn the knowledge of God that gives us sustenance and greatness that there are times comes from just a tiny seed. A thousand seeds can be sown but there won’t be a thousand plants growing, shooting from t he earth. Each effort given, are also a test to our faith.
To me, this also tests the ability of our appreciation towards art and nature. By exploring the possibilities of mark-making. I travelled to Indonesia, Beijing and some places in Malaysia to find accidental marking and textures from a cement surface, wall textures, trees and pedestrian. It was an interesting journey because each place gives a different marking. I’m working with the marks that can be achieved by laying items onto canvas and the very practical technique is by rubbing and rolling ink into the surface. Some of it, I left with some exquisite marks that are a curious mixture of planning and randomness which something I feel underlies so much of my work.