Year of birth: 1994
Origin: WPKL, Malaysia
About the artist
Izzat Hamdan seeks to express the aura of the physical spaces he encounters through a series of mixed media canvases, which seem grounded in Post-Formalism concerns. Relating the ephemeral ‘feeling’ residing within a space to different experiences, memories and people has given rise in recent years to a series of mixed-media landscapes which may be viewed as metaphors for his personal experiences and struggles as a young artist. Similar to the pages in a diary they are an expression of Izzat’s personal experiences within his studio, and attempt to balance his often solitary experience as an artist with his responsibility to his family and engagement in wider society.
A natural eye for colour and composition become apparent when it is realised that Izzat seamlessly constructs his vistas by stitching together scraps of found canvas. Some of these canvases are salvaged from the studios of other artists, some are slivers of raw canvas left over while others yet were abandoned after he initially began work on them. Realising areas of collusion between his found material he begins building up imagery in a technique that parallels collaging. Joining them with thick lines of embroidery he layers on colour, drawings or small scripts of text. That his finished visuals are highly atmospheric, inviting viewers in to be enveloped in meditative cocoons of his making, indicate a high level of technical skill and sought after poetic narrative quality.
Educated at MARA Institute of Technology (UiTM), Lendu, Melaka where he obtained his diploma in Fine Arts, Izzat continued his education at UiTM Shah Alam, Selangor where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. He has participated in Saung Banon Art Residency Programme at Yogyakarta, Indonesia, exhibiting at the Residency Exhibition in 2016 at Saung Banon Art/Tus Sculpture Studio, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Izzat’s works have been seen in several group art exhibitions in Malaysia, including Progedi at Artcube Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Bintang 5, Vol 1 at Segaris Art Center, Publika, and Malasyia Emerging Award Finalist Exhibition, White Box, Publika. In 2018 Izzat had his first solo exhibition, G13 PROJECT ROOM: VISUAL DIARY at G13 Gallery.
2015Bachelor Of Fine Art
Universiti Teknologi Mara (Uitm) Malaysia
2014Diploma (Fine Art),
Universiti Teknologi Mara Malaysia