Within the four walls of a tiny bedroom, emerging artist Faizal Yunus arranges everyday objects such rubber bands, bubble wrap, string, and other curious bits and bobs, on a piece of cardboard before coating them in a layer of oil-based ink. These objects are then traced on paper or canvas, capturing contours and textures in their flattened abstraction of form and purpose.

This is the start of what would culminate in his first solo exhibition, Matrix, a 15-piece showcase currently on at Richard Koh Fine Art in KL.

Faizal’s approach to printmaking in an economical manner – sans heavy blocks or fancy equipment – led him to explore the possibilities of converting the mundane into the unconventional.

This spirit of experimentation is prevalent in the creation of the works in Matrix, where everyday objects are pushed to take on new roles. Their visual vocabulary is further expanded when crumpled or broken into many pieces, introducing a new perspective into the equation.

“My work process is spontaneous and intuitive, guided by my spiritual frame of mind and defined by the particular time in which the work is created,” relates Faizal.

“The result is unpredictable, and it can often take multiple attempts before I get something that I am happy with. Every work emerges a surprise,” he adds.

Using objects found within easy reach, this show is a personal documentation of sorts, a snapshot of the artist’s state of mind at the time of inception, and a glimpse into the thoughts that structure the work.

“I have been working towards my first solo show for a long time and I am very excited to exhibit my works in Matrix. It is the nicest birthday present ever!” says Faizal, who turned 27 last week.

After studying printmaking at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) in Shah Alam, Selangor, the Pahang-born artist, who now based in Kuala Lumpur, continued his focus on this technique while working as a gallery assistant.

Despite calling it a “disciplined technique”. he is a big fan of printmaking because of its mystery and versatility.

“There are many ways you can apply the printmaking technique if you are familiar with its rules and how you can make it work in different ways, for instance, in painting or sculpture. I have been doing printmaking for several years now and I am only just scratching the surface. There is so much more that I would like to explore,” he shares.


Faizal Yunus’s Matrix is on at Richard Koh Fine Art (2F-3, Level 2, Bangsar Village 2) in KL till Dec 5. Opening hours: 11am to 8pm daily. Call 03-2283 3677 or visit rkfineart.com for more information.