About

Ismail Abdullah


Reflections of Rasa

A Sense of Artistic & Conceptual Credo

Work Concept:

Artistic and Creative Impulse in Art, Photography and Poetry, or any other creative activities, involves a sense of Rasa – an internal feeling /discourse/meditation/credo. Rasa is a Malay word for Sense, Thinking, Feeling, Emotion, Taste, Perception….

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Art Activities:

Painting, Photography, Design, Poetry, Essays

General:

Born in Kuala Terengganu in the East coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Studied  at School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia (Fine Art-Literature) ; at College of Graphic Arts and Photography,  Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, USA (Fine Art Photography); and graduated from Goldsmith’s College, Dept.of Historical and Cultural Studies, University of London, UK (History of Art). Involved in artistic works – painting, stage design, photography, conceptual/experimental poetry – since early 1970s, and has received recognitions for fine art work and performing art activities.

Recognitions:

National Award in Art/Painting:

  • Winner, HADIAH KECIL PERTANDINGAN SENI LUKIS TERBUKA MALAYSIA 1975 [MINOR AWARD: MALAYSIAN OPEN ART 1975], Balai Seni Lukis Negara dan Pusat Penyelidikan Getah Malaysia [National Art Gallery and Rubber Research Institute of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur], 1975.

National Award in Photography:

  • Winner, HADIAH UTAMA SENIFOTO KEBANGSAAN KE 4 [EKSPERIMENTAL] 1976 [MAJOR AWARD (EXPERIMENTAL)  MALAYSIAN NATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY 1976], Balai Seni Lukis Negara and Kementerian Kebudayaan, Belia dan Sukan Malaysia [National Art Gallery and Ministry of Culture, Youth & Sports of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur],1976.

National Award in Theatre and Set Design:

  • Winner, SET KREATIF DRAMA KEBANGSAAN 1977 [THE MOST CREATIVE SET AWARD: 1977 NATIONAL DRAMA FESTIVAL], Kementerian Kebudayaan, Belia dan Sukan Malaysia [Ministry of Culture, Youth & Sports of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur], 1977.
  • Winner, PEREKA SET TERBAIK PESTA DRAMA 1978 [THE BEST SET DESIGNER AWARD: 1978 NATIONAL DRAMA FESTIVAL], Kementerian Kebudayaan, Belia dan Sukan Malaysia [Ministry of Culture, Youth & Sports of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur], 1978.
  • Winner, HADIAH KHAS PEREKA SET TERBAIK 1979 [THE BEST SET DESIGNER 1979 SPECIAL AWARD], Kementerian Kebudayaan, Belia dan Sukan Malaysia [Ministry of Culture, Youth & Sports of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur], 1979.

Jury Member, Asia Pacific Cultural Centre For UNESCO:ACCU World Photo Contest 1995, 19-21 September 1995, Tokyo, Japan.

Committee Member of The Board of Trustees, Balai Seni Lukis Negara [National Art Gallery], Ministry of  Culture, Arts and Tourism, Kuala Lumpur, 1 April 1998-31 March 2001.

Jury Member, National Independence Poetry Reading Competition, GAPENA [The Federation of National Writers’ Association of Malaysia] and Department of Culture and Arts, Pulau Pinang, 1998 and 2004.

Directory of Malaysian Writers:

Direktori Penulis Malaysia, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Kuala Lumpur, 1990 & 1992.

Exhibitions (Painting and Photography):

National Art Gallery, Malaysia, etc.

Recent Publication:

Seni Media Budaya dan Konflik Jati Diri,” Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (2009), Kuala Lumpur.

Link:

http://www.dbp.gov.my/lamandbp/main. “Writer’s biography, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Kuala Lumpur.