Many visual artists are often liked, respected, and admired.
But few, like the late Nasir Nadzir, are loved.
Other than Nasir's style evolution, the posthumous "Nasir Nadzir, In Remembrance" exhibition held in remembrance of this talented Penang artist who died from Covid-19 also demonstrated Nasir's family members and friends' intense warmth and affection.
Nasir Nadzir was a very young bubbly, gifted and talented artist who left us as a result of complications due to Covid-19 infection on 24th January 2021.
Penang Hidden Gems had the opportunity to take a deep dive into Nasir's life and artistry, thanks to The Art Gallery Penang's director Tan Ee Lene, curator Ivan Alexander Francis Gabriel, and the artist's brother Nizom Nadzir. We learned that Nasir was a young, bubbly, gifted and talented self-taught artist. To Tan's knowledge, Nasir was the first artist who had ventured into colour pencil paintings and Indian ink and later experimented with other mediums such as acrylic and mixed media.
From left: Ivan Alexander Francis Gabriel, The Art Gallery, Penang's director Tan Ee Lene and Penang Hidden Gem's Moe Nasrul. But as he experimented with different mediums, it becomes quite apparent that Nasir did not stray away from one common theme — love for wildlife.
The exhibition, which features 20 pieces of Nasir's work, ended with a beautiful painting of a tiger. To untrained eyes, it looked like a complete piece. "But we know this piece is incomplete. The piece is unsigned," says Tan. It turns out, Nasir continued to create art pieces during the COVID-19 lockdown and did not manage to complete the painting of a tiger.
The unsigned painting of a tiger which Nasir did not manage to complete. The exhibition, scheduled to run from 8 till 23 May 2021, has been postponed indefinitely due to the MCO.
Thank you for sharing Nasir's story and artworks with us. Those who are interested in purchasing Nasir's art can contact The Art Gallery, Penang