Acrylic on jute
92 x 122 cm
Najib Ahmad Bamadhaj
b. 1987, Malaysia
This collection saw the highly-rated young artist exploring various themes through his endangered animal-centric mixed media artwork on a range of surfaces, including mud, cement, recycled wood panels, and zinc.
Najib expresses his concerns about endangered animals and animal rights in his artworks. He adapts stenciling and marking techniques normally used by street artists to visualise his feelings onto canvas. The body language of the animals in his artworks evokes the sadness of the animals’ plight to the viewer. Developing from his previous series, which exposes the destruction of animal habitats as a result of human greed and the obsession with money and development, these artworks explores the idea of survival as animals migrate from their natural habitats to the urban jungle.
Najib has participated in numerous group exhibitions including, Endangered, a two-man show with Hirzaq Harris at TAKSU KL (2011), Visual Art Award (2011), LiFest at MAPKL (2011), HIMPUN at the National Art Gallery KL (2010), and many more. This amazing young talent was also a Finalist of the MRCB Art Awards at the National Art Gallery (2008), 1st prize winner in the Tanjong Heritage Art Competition in Kuala Lumpur (2010), and a finalist for the Visual Arts Awards in Kuala Lumpur (2011). Najib unveiled his first solo exhibition, Great Migration in October 2012 at TAKSU Kuala Lumpur and recently had a successful second solo exhibition “Pride & Prejudice” at TAKSU Kuala Lumpur in September 2020.