Interview with Khairzul Ghani

NewYorkio had an interesting interview with the talented artist Khairzul Ghani. Enjoy the interview!

What role does the artist have in society?     
Artists are the sensitive lot, who see the tilted plain around them the earliest. It's their role to first question it, share it and present it in their work.

What are you working on at the moment?     
I'm working on series of small size expressive portraits made with thick oil paint and palette knife. It's my take on freedom of expression in portrait painting, breaking the boundary of what is normally perceived as beautiful in portraiture without losing the aesthetic value.

What else should we know about you and your work?         
That I never have formal art education and I use palette knife mainly to reduce contact with turpentine during painting due to allergic reaction. 

What are your goals for the future, both work wise and life?
That I could free myself from the boundary of commonly perceived 'beauty' in creating art work. I am still very much dictated to make 'beautiful' work presumably for my own ego. Work wise, I hope to be more confident and convincing in my interpretation and expression.
What’s your favorite piece of work that you have created?
It's hard to point out which one of my own creation as most favourite. There're many of them, however the common themes in my favourite works are mostly due to sentimental reason. 'Coming Full Circle' is one of the latest one of my favourite work because after few years of experimenting different style, I created this one, which interestingly reminisce to a work from 2 years ago. Only with extra confidence and more polished.

Short Cv         
Graduated in Bachelor of Computer Science, University of Technology, Malaysia. Became full time artist since 2011. Currently following portrait and modern art painting courses in Cultuurkust 't Klooster Harderwijk since  2012. Exhibited and sold my works all over The Netherlands and the world, winner of Harderwijk Mayor portrait painting competition. Participate in competitive live painting competition in Amsterdam.

Artist Statement         
I paint to express what fascinates me. Most of the input in my life are a collections of interpretation, based on intellectual deduction or just plain gut feeling. What I paint, is merely a translation on the canvas, a way of expressing my view or reaction to the daily life. I paint mainly with palette knife with thick paint and bold colour. I love colours and textures in my work. It could be due to my tropical country origin. I look at painting as a form of expression and liberty.


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