Reflection 2

March 9, 2024 - April 20, 2024

Welcoming you to 2024!

Maya Gallery is thrilled to announce Reflection 2, a group exhibition of works by Idris Ali, P. Gnana, Aziza Ali, Edmund Low, Jeffrey Wandly, Terence Tan, Masturah Sha'ari, and pioneer artists S. Mohdir and Sarkasi Said. This presentation will bring together a selection of abstract, landscape and figurative works, across various mediums including oil, acrylic, watercolour, batik, photography and mixed media. 

The theme of reflection invites one to embark on a personal journey, to stop and explore connections and relationships, and make sense of the world around us. In this exhibition, the artists convey their messages of reflection by evoking a sense of intimacy, tranquility and warmth through the use of reflective light and monochromatic colours, transporting us to a different mood, time and place.

Showing at Maya Gallery for the first time, pioneer artist Mohamed Abdul Kadir or S. Mohdir (1936-2010) was an educator, co-founder of Angkatan Pelukis Aneka Daya (APAD) or Association of Artists of Various Resources, its President from 1984 to 1991, and a recipient of the Pingat APAD (APAD Award). In “Sedikit Saja Ruang Kosong” (A Little Empty Space, 2004), a monochromatic oil painting in blue hues, the artist depicts a modern city skyline sandwiched between a sea of kampongs (below) and futuristic building structures (above), reflecting his critical attitude to urban development and modernisation. Idris Ali (b. 1944), recipient of the Pingat APAD and Heritage Award, similarly adopts a limited colour palette in his watercolour work, “Masjid Sultan” (1998), revealing realistic details of the façade of the Sultan Mosque against a dramatic sky. The urban landscape is also captured in “Sultan Mosque V” (2020) by Jeffrey Wandly (b. 1964) where he paints a rare scene of a traffic-free North Bridge Road during the lockdown of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Sultan Mosque, originally built in 1824, remains a perennial favourite for many Singapore artists, even in photography. “Bussorah Street” (1986), shot in black and white, by Edmund Low (b. 1965) takes us back in time before the area’s commercialisation, while Terence Tan (b. 1970) digitally deconstructs the grand mosque in “Minarets of Masjid Sultan” (2020), showcasing a more contemporary representation of this heritage landmark as she celebrates its 200th anniversary this year.

The monochromatic palette is further explored especially when capturing the natural environment. Shades of green occupy Masturah Sha'ari (b. 1969)’s abstract paintings, "Nature Retreat" (2023) and "Green Mountain” (2022), mirroring her emotional journeys into imaginative spaces of tranquility and peace. This sense of calmness is also portrayed in Teena Raju's artwork depicting waves lapping on the sand, using glass beads in hues of blues and browns. In “Kampong by the Sea II” (1979), Sarkasi Said (1940-2021) uses the batik technique of waxing on brown coloured linen, in picturing the lives of fishermen living in the kampongs facing vast oceans. "Two Fishermen", a batik painting by Sulaiman Suhaimi (1932-2008) also adopts the use of limited colours in portraying fishermen hard at work in a rural setting.

Beyond picturing the environment and livelihoods, and employing monochromatic colours, the importance of family bonds also proves strong, complementing the theme of reflection. The love between mother and child is depicted in the mixed media painting, “Nothing else but love VII” (2023) and “Reason to love” (2023), a bronze sculpture, both by P. Gnana (b. 1970), as well as in Sarkasi’s brown batik painting, “Mother and Child” (1979).

With reflection also comes rejuvenation. On a more upbeat note is Aziza Ali's "Life Colours!" (2018), where she paints bright flowers to reflect her life journey, bringing warmth and joy to the viewers! S. Mohdir’s abstract work, "24.04.04," is also colourful, almost pop-art-like. One might ask: does this fit the exhibition theme? Because abstract paintings do not define objects or figures too distinctly, they can allow the viewer to relax and able to have an emotional response and thus a reflective experience.


In this second iteration of the exhibition series launched in 2021, Reflection 2  marks the month of Ramadan, observed by Muslims as a period of fasting, a time to renew one's faith, reflect on one's actions and recollect memories of loved ones. Ramadan denotes values of peace, kindness, patience, and love, reminding us to share inspirations for those in hardship. Soon we will also welcome Syawal, celebrating the end of the month-long fast, in commemoration of Eid, or Hari Raya Puasa or Aidilfitri, marked with gratitude and the strengthening of bonds amongst family and friends.

Exhibition: 9 March to 20 April 2024
Opening reception: Saturday 9 March, 3–5 pm

Guest of Honour
Mdm Aziza Ali 
Pioneer restaurateur of Malay fine dining (Aziza's), Celebrity Chef, Artist, Author,
Singapore Women Hall of Fame, World Gourmet Awards,
Former Member of Culinary Institute of America’s Judiciary Council

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