The all-women art exhibition, Art to Heart, is a successor following an event which was the first of its kind held in 2017 called Sensation Windows to Her World. This time, a total of 50 female artists featured over 100 unique art pieces ranging from portrait paintings to sculptures.

According to the coordinator of the event, Umi Zaty Bazilah Zakaria, the theme ‘Art to Heart’ has managed to portray the different styles and methods each artist has, and it opens up a door for them to showcase their individuality at the exhibition.

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Sutera spoke to four young and rising local artists who joined the exhibition and they shared their views on their art and the inspiration behind their work.

Erne Zainal

Her art piece showcased a portrait painting of His Majesty titled as ‘The Icon of Brunei Darussalam’. The artwork is a mixed media, which essentially means it uses different mediums to create one art – Erne used oil paints and acrylics to produce her painting. She was inspired to show that the Sultan of Brunei is the icon of the country.

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“We know that the Sultan of Brunei is the main figurehead of Brunei Darussalam, with his leadership and what he is to the country and even if I try to describe him, there will be too many things to say about His Majesty and so basically my painting show that he is the icon of Brunei,” said Erne.

Ainan Salsabeela

She exhibited two of her watercolour paintings titled ‘Recollection’ and ‘A Trip Down Memory Lane’. Recollection was painted on canvas, while A Trip Down Memory Lane was painted on paper. The reason why she used both canvas and paper was because Ainan wanted to see the effect of watercolour on the two mediums.

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She was inspired to create the artwork after attending a workshop by a Singaporean artist that focusses on sketches of urban landscapes. So she gained interest to create the same style of drawings but based on Brunei’s scenery.

Noorfitriah Hafiizah Hassan

She had created four paintings for the exhibition that features water-based painting on watercolour paper of flowers. The story as to why she used flowers is that Noorfitriah herself was diagnosed with a pituitary tumor which may cause her to lose her eyesight.

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“My art was inspired by me visiting my garden at my house, I have a pituitary tumour, so between hospital visits and work – I don’t have time to look at my surroundings as much, every time I have free time, I always go outside and observe all the plants that I took care off, so that’s why I painted flowers for the exhibition,” said Noorfitriah.

Umi Zaty Bazilah

She is known to create paintings that are unique to her own style relating to the impressionism type of art, for this exhibition she featured three of her artwork showing Brunei’s Venice of the east while simultaneously which that symbolises Melayu Islam Beraja (MIB) in Brunei. The whole piece is called Horizon: Kampung Ayer.

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“My piece consists of three artworks – firstly named Melayu because it featured the malay village and community, the second one is called Islam due to the painting of the mosque inside it and the last piece is named Beraja, where you can see the colourful painting of the kampong ayer with Nurul Iman Palace at the background,” said Umi Zaty.

The paintings and sculptures featured during the exhibition are also for sale to the public, and 20 percent of the sales from the exhibition will be donated to Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Muhtadee Billah Fund for Orphans, DANA.

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Umi Zaty said that she hopes that with the latest exhibition, Hers, All Women Artist (HAWA) will be the main art movement for women artists to unite and being able to showcase their artwork outside of Brunei.

The exhibition will run until Sunday, 14th April 2019. Don’t miss the chance to visit and check out the various artworks being made by 50 women artists. The exhibition is located at the Waterfront Art Gallery, Bandar Seri Begawan Royal Wharf and open daily from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm.