Art Talk

Tribute & Charity Show - The Late Syam Asmawi

For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity. - William Penn

It’s barely two months since the astonishing loss of one of Malaysia’s most gifted and talented contemporary artist, Syam Asmawi.
Yet, his passing is timeless.

In fact, it’s never his last sleep. It only signifies an awakening of everlasting admiration towards Syam Asmawi and his uniquely sought-after masterpieces.


Now, engage your mind with the womb-like structure depicting a light from the passageway….
The first ever piece being exhibited in Core Design Gallery, Syam Asmawi’s Show me the right path was deeply inspired by the presence of his newborn baby.  This enchanting piece interconnected with his state of mind of embracing fatherhood for the first time. To Syam, his baby is the most beautiful person in his life…

(on left: Show me the right path,120cm x 91.5cm,Oil on Jut.2010)

Syam found himself being constantly amused by Salvador Dali, a prominent Spanish surrealist painter. Enlightened Syam was so obsessed with surrealism that he produced these extremely remarkable artworks that captured all the attention of viewers during the previous exhibitions.

 Mr Abang Dali II, Acrylic on Canvas,92cm x122cm,2011

Dali lagi, 92cm x 92cm, Oil on canvas, 2011

This art piece portrayed a lost Syam who pictured himself in the reflection of a broken mirror. Dibalik Cermin Mimpi was a struggling act of self-release from his conventional living as an ustaz. As a self-taught artist, Syam felt that he did not explore further to widen his horizons.  

 Dibalik Cermin Mimpi, 244cmx133cm, Oil on Canvas, 2011,

Indeed an emotional-engaging piece, Syam created this work as he had lost his mother at that point of time. From his perspective, Syam imagined his mother had finally broke free from debilitating torment of pain due to sickness. And there she goes to a land of paradise filled with serenity...

 Ke satu Arah, 170cm x 130cm, oil on canvas, 2011

Syam’s The Power of the Powerless came as an outburst of thought towards the transformation of Malaysia’s political landscape and how people actually reacted to it.

“Leaders have no power unless one is voted by the people of the country and leaders are the ones to determine the foundation and future of the country. As an artist, I have the power to express my opinions through art”.

The Power of the Powerless, Mixed Media on Wood,97 cm x 125cm,2012

Core Design Gallery’s art director, Scarlette Lee was impressed by Syam as it never crossed her life that a self-taught artist could achieve those great skills. His perseverance, reciprocal for criticism and enthusiasm to pursue improvisation made the impact of losing this great artist even bigger, especially in the local Malaysian contemporary art scene….
As the representing gallery and a close friend to Syam Asmawi, Core Design Gallery is exhibiting the collection of his works and also the artworks of many kind fellow artists who pledge their artworks. It is a charity exhibition to raise funds for his wife and two children. His second baby was just born on 6th June 2012.

100% of the proceeds will go straight to the family.

Preview and Opening of Exhibition : 24th June 2012, Sunday from 1pm until 6pm.

The exhibition is held from 20th June 2012 to 8th of July 2012.
Venue : Core Design Gallery, Jalan SS15/2A, Subang Jaya, Selangor

I am not gone
I remain here beside you
Just in a different form
Look for me in your heart
And there you will find me

Every time a tear
Forms in your beautiful eyes
Look up to the heavens
And there you will see me
Smiling down from God's glorious skies

~By Injete Chesoni

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