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Abdul Hamid Shabutdin

One cannot help but notice that Abdul Hamid Shabutdin’s  (b.1949)
paintings always revolve around a nostalgic theme.
The retired principal first drew inspiration from television programmes
that promote Malaysia’s 50th year of independence excessively in 2007.
He then began to recall how the country used to be 50 years ago when
he was only nine years old. The rest, as they say, is history as Abdul Hamid
started painting his memories using a contemporary acrylic canvas method.
All his masterpieces have one thing in common – they leave moral values
for future generations to ponder upon on the importance of preserving. He
paints images of antique vehicles, kampung houses and heritage buildings
that he chanced upon, referring to old photos, adding a little of his imagination
to produce a perfect painting.
Abdul Hamid prefers realism to abstract, believing that it would be easier to
gauge an artist’s success based on the degree of verisimilitude.