‘Twist’ by Multhalib Musa, features new pieces which are an extension of a series he created in response to a suite of paintings by Yusof Ghani entitled, ‘Biring’. Just as Yusof Ghani has drawn reference to the swirl of energy, drama and dynamism present during a cockfight, Multhalib’s ‘Twist’ works similarly echo this mood.
Multhalib Musa can be regarded as one of Malaysia’s leading contemporary sculptors. Despite his relatively young age, Multhalib Musa has become known for his decidedly ‘fluid metal sculptures’ which seem to have been effortlessly carved out of metal. The contradiction of transforming a hard material like metal into a supple, pliable form which catches and bounces light off it, reflects Multhalib’s interest in exploring light and the manipulation of his medium. This in part stems from his educational background-an architect by training, he pursued his Bachelor’s Degree in Design Studies from the University of Adelaide in Australia, thereafter returning to Malaysia to obtain his Bachelor of Architecture from MARA University of Technology,in 2000. It has been a productive eight years for Multhalib Musa as a professional artist,for he has been granted numerous awards and residencies,in recognition of the work that he has done.
He was selected for the Rimbun Dahan Residency in 2001,and was the recipient of the Australian High Commission’s Gunnery Studios Residency Award in 2004. In 2002 he was honoured with the Second Prize Award of Excellence at the 6th Oita Asian Sculpture Exhibition & Open Competition in Japan and in the same year the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia presented him with the Juror’s Award at the Young Contemporaries Awards Exhibition.In 2003,he received an Honourable Mention at the Philip Morris Malaysian Art Awards. Most recently, he has been honoured with being short-listed to create a sculpture for the Beijing Olympics.
Some of his major works can be seen at the Putrajaya Convention Centre, KL Hilton, Prince’s Court Medical Center, and Wisma Selangor Dredging in Malaysia, and abroad at the Fumio Asakura Memorial Park in Japan and Newcastle University in Australia.
Multhalib Musa’s second solo exhibition after three years ,‘Twist’ features at
Wei-Ling Gallery, 8 Jalan Scott, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, 50470, Malaysia from 23rd June-10th July 2008.