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Promoting Sabah artworks via event
Published on: Sunday, March 18, 2018

THE organisers added value to the talk by staging an art exhibition featuring the artworks of Sabahan artists, including the masterpieces of well-known visual artist Christianne Goonting who is Adviser to Persatuan Seni Visual KK Sabah (PSVS).

The medium adopted is acrylic on canvas, pencil, water colour or mixed medium.

Others were Sabah Naïve Art Artist Awang Fadilah Ali Hussein (cum illustrator and writer), who founded the 'Sabah Naïve Art Group' in Kota Kinabalu, Ahmad Zawawi Yunus, brothers Abdullah Ehlid Al Walid Luli and Azlie Luli from Fiaso Art Gallery, and Tan Sheau Ling.

Kuala Penyu-born Awang Fadilah has won several art competitions and awards at the Sabah Annual Art Selection, and was runner-up at the 15th Noma Concours 2006 International Picture Book Illustrations organised by the Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre for Unesco in Tokyo, Japan.

And in 2015, he clinched the Purple Island Award of Nami Concours 2015 International Picture Book Illustrations held in Nami Island, Korea. His children's picture book illustrations have also been exhibited in Slovakia and London, among other places. Awang Fadilah defined Naïve Art as any form of visual art that is created by a person who lacks the formal education and training that a professional artist undergoes.

"Unlike Folk Art, Native Art does not necessarily reveal a distinct traditional or cultural context.

Naïve Art is recognised for its childlike simplicity and frankness," he said. - Mary Chin

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