If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Drawing, Installation, Painting, Printmaking
Faculty of Fine Art
National Academy of Arts, Culture & Heritage (ASWARA)
464, Jalan Tun Ismail
50480 Kuala Lumpur
+6 01 260 25 260 (hp)
Anugerah Perkhidmatan Cemerlang 2003, (Universiti Teknologi Mara, Shah Alam, Selangor D.E)
In Recognition of Outstanding Creative Excellence, (Emaar International Art Symposium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates /UAE)
Japan-Malaysia Art Friendship Ambassador, (Ministry of Culture, Arts & Heritage Malaysia & World Arts and Culture Exchange Malaysia)
Anugerah Tokoh Seni UKM 2010 : Anugerah Citra Kencana (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor)
Anugerah Perkhidmatan Cemerlang 2010, (National Academy of Arts, Culture & Heritage /ASWARA, Kuala Lumpur)
Grants / Residencies:
10th International Workshop for Visual Artists, Remise Academy (Remisen), Brande, DENMARK
Emaar International Art Symposium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates /UAE
Malaysia-Poland International Painting Workshop, Faculty of Art & Design, MARA University of Technology, Shah Alam, MALAYSIA
Art For Earth Aid (Art Workshop) Taito Hall, Tokyo, JAPAN
International Art Festival: The 8th International Visual Arts Festival in Monastir, TUNISIA
MAFE Art Workshop (Malaysia & France), Galeri Aswara, National Academy of Arts, Culture & Heritage (ASWARA), KUALA LUMPUR
International Honorary Artistic Committee:
- International Honorary Artistic Committee for the three mail art exhibitions in Greece, Museum G. Katsigra (Municipal Art Gallery of Larissa), Larissa/ Thessaly, GREECE (8 December 2007)
- Membership of the Persatuan Pelukis Malaysia
- Membership of the Angkatan Pelukis Semenanjung
- Member of The Friends Institute Life Study Group, Moseley Road, Highgate, Birmingham, ENGLAND
- Membership of the friends of Bankside Gallery, London, ENGLAND; (Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers)
- Membership of the friends of The City Gallery, Leicester,ENGLAND
- Membership of the Kelab Seni Lukis Hulu Langat, Selangor
- Membership of the Avisen-Avk Art Gallery, Rodby, DENMARK
- Member of The Millennium Art Gallery, Vancouver, CANADA
- Membership of The CONNEX24H Artists, Kangasto, FINLAND
- Membership of The International Miniart Exchange Group,Porto Alegre, BRAZIL
- Membership of The ARG Group (ARG-Artists Respond Globally), Chicago, USA
- Membership of The One Million Pink, Chicago, USA
About my artwork
The Kingdom: Painting The Expression.
Monsoon Series had successfully met and won many hearts at Suzlee’s last Solo Exhibition in 2009. To close the dynamic year of Suzlee’s painting career in 2011, Suzlee has produced another new series of work called ‘The Kingdom’. The Kingdom is based on Suzlee’s first expedition with a few friends to Kota Gelanggi Caves, Pahang. Kota Gelanggi is a historical old city that holds approximately 100 caves around it. The mythical caves are the habitat of unique flora and fauna. The place, which is known to archaeological remain is believed existed approximately 1500 years ago. Going through the woods, Suzlee was thrilled by formations of rocks around the cave area. There were places which he had to climb and slopes that he had to slide in the darkness of the cave. It was nothing but tiring, fear and tense; at the same time his anxiety grew more and more to know how this journey would end. High spirits showed by the team had encouraged them to complete the expedition with endless satisfaction to this new experience. Suzlee’s ‘emotional expression’ and ‘interpretation’ of the Kota Gelanggi Caves has developed the new series of paintings. Suzlee’s new series is a combination of many styles, which he had produced in the past. Spontaneous brush strokes from Movement Series (1995-2005), textured surface from Wall series (2008/09) and attractive composition that created the Monsoon Series (2009/ 2010) all put together to make Kingdom the best paintings ever produced by Suzlee. The outcome has showed tremendous change on his canvas. Suzlee is a very active painter that involves in many exhibitions in and outside the country. He has exhibited his works in the United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, Brazil, Cuba, Spain, Canada, China, Japan, Argentina, Greece, Poland, UAE, Australia, Bangladesh and Nepal. He is also recognized as jury in art competitions, art curator and advisor. Upon recognition for his participation in Malaysia art scene, Suzlee was awarded Anugerah Citra Kencana (Citra Kencana Award) by the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (2011).Suzlee is a very experienced painter who has been in the art scene for more than 25 years. He started to paint seriously since he was 19. After he graduated from Universiti Teknologi MARA Malaysia he worked in graphic department at advertising and publishing companies before he returned to the University to teach. Since then, Suzlee had taught Fine Arts full time and part time at four higher institutions in Kuala Lumpur. His lengthy experience in both theory and practical shows maturity of his works. Personally looking at Suzlee’s works, I felt I was drawn to the great masters in the art scene. Suzlee’s spontaneous brush strokes and gestures reminded me of Willem de Kooning’s Woman 1 (1950-52). Sprinkled colors on his canvas reflected Jackson Pollock’s No.5 (1948) and composition of Mark Rothko’s White Cloud over Purple (1957). Suzlee’s paintings are definitely of high reputation. I see him as a great artist in the country with bright future ahead. Feedbacks from Suzlee’s collectors have put his works as art for investment. The Kingdom has higher artistic values and a step ahead from other series he has painted.
Suzlee’s works are collected by corporate organizations and private collectors in Malaysia and outside the country such as Remise Academy (Denmark), Emaar Properties (UAE), Central Bank of Malaysia and National Visual Arts Gallery of Malaysia.I must say, Suzlee Ibrahim, is the most dynamic abstract painter in Malaysia. Every piece created is Suzlee’s master piece.
Artists I like
picasso, van gogh, robert rauschenberg and abstract expressionist artists like pollock, de kooning, rothko, franz kline.
art exhibition, friends, exchange ideas
What exhibitions are good at the moment?
Rothko, Tate Modern, Bankside. London, UK. (26 September 2008 – 1 February 2009)
Exhibition "85 Year History Of Russian Aviation Shown In Aeroflot Poster Advertisements" Has Arrived To The Chelsea Art Museum In New York City, NY, USA (September 22, 2008)
An Evening with James Schamus and Carl Th. Dreyer's Gertrud, MoMA, New York
(September 25–28, 2008)