IN SUPPORT of the advancement of local talent, Baiduri Bank will be hosting a silent auction of paintings by local artists in an event named ‘Bruneian Art for Charity’, which will be held at the Jerudong International School Arts Centre on February 4 (Wednesday) from 7pm to 10pm.
The auction aims to highlight the fledgling arts industry in Brunei and raise funds for charity. All the proceeds from the event will go to supporting the artist and selected charities. Guests who make a successful bid can select the charity of their choice.
The auction comprising 31 pieces, presents an exciting mix of paintings done by established as well as young and upcoming local visual artists. The subject matter also ranges between traditional impressionist landscapes and realism, to modern and abstract works. Each artist in the event represents an aspect of Bruneian art and exhibits the undiscovered talent and diversity that can be found in the country.
Suitable for both seasoned and new collectors, there is a good combination of styles on offer.
The exhibition is a great way to take note of the current local trends in art and discover new talent in the field.
The event will highlight works by familiar local artists such as Suhaili Omar, Osman Muhammad, Pg Khamarul Zaman, Pg Timbang and Kassim Ismail.
Even among these established artists there is a great variety and individualistic style; from realism to impressionist still-life and landscape by Suhaili and Osman; semi abstract expressionism by Pg Khamarul, Pg Timbang and Kassim.
From the younger set of emerging artists come a modern interpretation on traditional themes and the emergence of unfamiliar mediums.
Lizzan Lingat (Ejan) paints landscapes in a stencil style with Hadi Arlimas also adopting a stencil like technique to his figurative paintings of fish.
New media works include the use of layered Perspex by Jannah Yussof, varnish and paint markers by Sam Siren and digital prints by Lisa Ahmad.
Realism is not dead as Nabil Fikri makes an appearance with his technical gifts in his painting of birds.
Commenting on the coming event, Baiduri Bank CEO Pierre Imhof said, “Although we have regularly supported local artists in the past, this is the first art auction we are organising. We hope to utilise this platform to help expose Brunei’s accomplished local artists, grow interest in their market and provide impetus for budding artists to pursue their passion.”