Merdeka theme brings out best in artists

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KUALA LUMPUR — A fascinating display of art and talent shone at the launch of the Merdeka Live Art Painting Exhibition yesterday.

Organised by Art Market Malaysia in conjunction with the 60th Merdeka celebrations, artists from all walks of life participated in the event at 1 Utama Shopping Centre. It was launched by deputy minister of Tourism and Culture, Datuk Hajjah Mas Ermieyati Samsudin.

Among the artists who stood out at the event was autistic teenager Wan Jamilah Wan Shaiful Bahri, who was seen intently incorporating the Jalur Gemilang in her drawings and doodles.

The 15-year-old was quick to start on something new as soon as she was done with one drawing, and enthusiastically interacted with those around her to get their opinion.

“Art Market Malaysia is paving the way for artists to not only gain recognition locally but also internationally.

“I would also like to congratulate the organiser for making an effort to give recognition to less fortunate artists. I am sure despite their struggles, the artists will soon be recognised for their relentless hard work,” Mas Ermieyati said.

Art Market Malaysia founder Hazrita Hatta said the event gave the experienced and inexperienced a platform to showcase their talents.

“I founded Art Malaysia Market two years ago and the response has been fantastic. It’s amazing to get the support of artists,” said Hazrita.

“My main objective was to improve and enhance our country’s visual arts industry and I’m proud to say we are well on our way to accomplishing that.

“Most people I know interested in art always see it as just a hobby. I hope to change their perspective and make them see art can be pursued as a career, a dream job even, as long as they are passionate about it,” she said.

The exhibition ends on Malaysia Day next month.