These paintings were drawn two years before the COVID-19 global pandemic

Represented by Richard Koh Fine Art (RKFA), Penang-based artist Hasanul Isyraf Idris exhibited his solo feature at VOLTA NY back in 2018. Titled “HOL Chapter 2.3, Wound : Environment of Naga and Doubt”, the exhibition presented a series of intricate mixed media drawings, a continuation of his Higher Order Love series which began in 2016.

Through an interview with Penang Art District, the artist said that he sourced the visuals and stories from his parents who lived through the 1959 riots in Pangkor island. It was two years after Malaya gained independence from the British and tensions broke out between the Malay and Chinese communities on the small island.

‘It was a time of chaos and alienation—buildings were burned, no boats were coming in, no one could leave the island. It was a particularly traumatic time for my mother, who is a Chinese,” says Hasanul, whose father is Malay. [1]

What seemed strange then became relatable today, due to the current global COVID-19 pandemic. Check out the following paintings in the series. Eerie, aren’t they?

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