Exhibition Archive

Island Story

A Solo Exhibition by Khairulddin bin Abdul Wahab

2018 UOB Painting of the Year (Singapore)
Top Award Winner, Established Artist Category

16 July – 5 September 2019
UOB Art Gallery, 80 Raffles Place UOB Plaza 1, Ground Floor

Island Story
is a tale inspired by Singapore’s early history, myth, and folklore. The series of acrylic on canvas paintings chronicles the journey of Toah, a sea nomad in 14th century Singapore, alongside the Chinese explorer Zheng He, for whom he acts as convoy and guide to the unknown island.

Along the way, they cross paths with characters and encounters that risk derailing their quest. Through a juxtaposition of historical reference and mythic motif, Khairulddin weaves paint and narrative into an island story.

All artworks except for the winning artwork, Rite of Passage are available for sale.

UOB is the organiser and sponsor of Island Story.

Toah

Toah
Acrylic on canvas
104 x 142cm


Highlights of the Exhibition

Age of Discovery
Age of Discovery
123 x 153cm

After Dragon’s tooth gate
After Dragon’s tooth gate
101 x 139cm

The last King
The last King
111 x 134cm

About the Artist

JP Profile

Mr Khairulddin is the top winner of 2018 UOB Painting of the Year (Singapore), Established Artist Category.

He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore in 2014 where he also won the Winston Oh Travel Research Art Award.

He has participated in various local and international group exhibitions since 2010, including the inaugural 2019 S.E.A. Focus where he was also the speaker at the #SEAspotlight talk.


Her Winning Artwork

2018 UOB Painting of the Year (Singapore)
Top Award, Established Artist Category

Rite of Passage
Rite of Passage
Acrylic on linen
130 x 180cm

Rite of Passage is derived from an image of an oil bath ritual that is practised in Silat Gayong, a style of martial arts. Practitioners would plunge their hands in boiling oil and rub it over their exposed bodies, a physical, mental and spiritual test of one’s ability to harness unseen or ‘mystical’ forces to withstand pain.

The concept of an unseen world where forces of good and evil can influence and impact physical existence is a belief found in various spiritual teachings. Rite of Passage represents this world where hidden forces come together with the physical domain through a ceremony that opens a passage where one can only pass through self-surrender.