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Azlan Adam

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Birth year

Lives in
Kuala Lumpur

Works in
Kuala Lumpur


exhibition/performance, abstract



Dynamic, vibrant, impressive – using these adjectives to describe an artist’s work may sound a bit over the top. But when describing the works of home-grown Malaysian artist Azlan bin Adam, it is certainly no exaggeration.

Azlan has established distinctive elements and characteristics in his works of bold, vibrant and brilliant colours. His forte and passion lie in three different branches of art: decorative naïve, modern art and abstracts.

He first started painting decorative naïve and modern art before moving to abstract art in 2000. He now fashions himself as an expressionist abstract artist who has been actively involved in the art community for almost 20 years. Abstract expressionism is a form of art in which the artist expresses himself purely with the use of form and colour. It emphasized the depiction of emotions rather than the objects. Most artists of the movement favor large canvasses, dramatic colours and loose brushwork. It is also the art of the emotive, the art of tension provoked by consciousness of the forms which surround modern human kind.

He really enjoys transforming his inner desire, feelings and expression of soul on the canvas until the forms are totally represented by lines and colours. His artworks are dominantly represented by spontaneous brush strokes overlapped by repeated lines and dots. He liked the expressive and spontaneous brush strokes and gestures on the canvas. His works depicted the evolution of nature, freedom of mind, love, beauty, honesty, the truth and thoughts of life.

He recently acquired, and developed, the MIND SKETCHING series – another journey of discovery indicating that everything we do it is started and initiated by our mind.




“ Colours represent statement of life, harmony, survival and hope. My strong and bold colours form a scientific approach of healing minds and eyes colour therapy. It also unwinds and exhilarates the mood of the viewers. Abstract Expressionism is a form of expressing inner feelings where I am not bound by formalities such as following and adhering to the rules and guidelines of shape and form as well as colours used.”






The jungle is often described as mysterious, impenetrable, uncomfortable and inaccessible. The virgin jungle is a commonly used phrase and relates to the descriptions of it being UNTOUCHED and whole. Most people would often launch an in-depth description of the physical component of the ecosystem, marveling at the complexity of its functions being clearly impressed with its sophistication. In this context, descriptions of its separateness from people and its lack of personal becomingness suggest that there is an inherent friendliness. Reference to the gender of nature and the jungle were only occasional but were consistently feminine.

Spirit of place while on one level inherent in the physical environment is experienced by human beings through a myriad of different world-views and discourses. The socially-constructed aspects of spirit of place necessarily create diversity. The soulful relationships with the nature may let the artists to articulate and communicate such numinous and nebulous experiences and concepts as spirit of place. The expressions are inspiring and can reach people on a deep soul level. On the border between light and dark we dwell, between the familiar tamed land of the bright green rolling dairy pastures and the mysterious writhing intertwining of life-death-life in the shadowy green. The artist described spiritual experiences in the jungle as though he was allowing the outside into him rather than trying to preserve the space for himself by shutting out noise or things of that sort. He could feel the spiritual connections. The word ‘soul’ and ‘spirit’ and the concepts of merging and being at one with the nature were largely confined to the alternative lifestyles and to a lesser extent the environmental activists. To the artists the jungle is the place where life begins. In this context the artist is relating the jungle with our daily life in most of his artworks under the themes.




NAME   :   Azlan Bin Adam

YEAR OF BIRTH  :  1961



EDUCATION IN ART  :  Self-taught

ART GROUP :  Angkatan Pelukis Semalaysia

    Artis Koloni Conlay

   Artis Koloni KTM









1998   :  APEC Summit-PWTC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

   Group Exhibition Central Market,Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Bank Negara Art Bazaar,Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1999 : Mini Exhibition,Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Bank Negara Art Bazaar,Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Group Exhibition Central Market,Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2000 : Mini Exhibition, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

KBK Conlay Art Bazaar,Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Garden Party, Garden Party 1,Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Garden Party 2,Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Group Exhibition Gallery Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

2001 : Open Exhibition,Gallery Shah Alam, Selagor, Malaysia

KBK Conlay Art Bazaar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Open Show ,Kompleks Kraf, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Group Show ,Johor Bahru,Johor, Malaysia

Mini Exhibition,Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

Group Show,Melaka, Malaysia

Solo Exhibition,LIMA 2001,Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

2002 : Open Show, Gallery Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Art workshop,Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Group Show Melaka, Malaysia

Mont Kiara Art Bazaar,Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Bangsar Art Bazaar,Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2003 : Mini Exhibition,Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Garden Party 3 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Group Exhibition LIMA 2003,Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

2004 : Art workshop,Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Open Show,Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Bangsar Sunday Bazaar,Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Shah Alam Sunday Bazaar, Selangor, Malaysia

Mini Exhibition,Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

2005- 2006 : Research and study on art in Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

2007 : Group Exhibition,Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Mini Exhibition,Melaka, Malaysia

Open Exhibition,Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

KTM Group Exhibition – “ Transformasi Seni Tampak,

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2008 : Balai Seni Lukis Negara/Istana Budaya “Laman Santai”,

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Art Workshop, Putrajaya, Malaysia

Group Exhibition, Putrajaya, Malaysia

Art workshop,Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

2009 : Group Exhibition - “ Metamorphosis “ Ico Gallery,New York, USA

ArtTalk and Art Workshop, Bintulu/Kucing, Sarawak, Malaysia

Solo Exhibition- “ Jiwa Rimba Dara ( Soul of The Virgin Jungle ),

Sheraton Hotel, Subang Jaya, Selangor. Malaysia

Group Exhibition- “ Tampannya Budi “ ATMA UKM, Balai Seni

Lukis Negara, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Solo Exhibition - " Spirit of The Jungle " ( Semangat Rimba ), Damansara

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Artist Showcase- " Buy Bling-Bling Malaysian Products, Mid-Valley

Exhibition Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2010- Galeri Shah Alam Open Show 2010, Shah Alam,Selangor, Malaysia

Recent Exhibits

Azlan Adam participated in these exhibits:

Jan, 2009 Metamorphosis
Icosahedron Gallery
Jan, 2009 Metamorphosis
Icosahedron Gallery
Exhibited with these artists
Azlan Adam has Exhibited with these artists:

Robert Louie Toshiko Nishikawa
Sharon Park John Ruby
Exhibited at these venues
Azlan Adam has Exhibited at these venues:

Icosahedron Gallery
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