Malaysian artist Nur Hannah Wan Ahmad Hulaimi, based in England, has been selected to display a painting at the Royal Institute (RI) Of Painters in the Water Colours 206th Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London.

She says she’s very excited about participating in the event, held from April 6-20, after being rejected a few years ago. The exhibition shows a diversity of styles and techniques, from traditional uses of the medium to more experimental and innovative paintings.

Works on display are produced by members of the RI and other artists, whose pictures will hang alongside these by the RI Council, including many young painters. The 30-year-old hopes the painting of her brother will help her gain exposure.

‘I had taken my actual art to the exhibition selection after my graduation a few years ago but I was not selected. This year I tried again because I felt I had something to submit,’ says Nur Hannah.

She submitted a digital image of the watercolour portrait as the first part of the process, before bringing the actual artwork for the second round of the selection.

“This exhibition is a platform for me to take this painting further to other countries including Malaysia,” says Nur Hannah. “It also gives me confidence to keep painting and producing more although I am busy with my career.”

The freelance video editor adds, “I had taken my actual art to the exhibition selection after my graduation a few years ago, but I was not selected. This year I tried again because I felt I had something to submit.”

The exhibition is an annual survey of how contemporary artists are using the age-old medium, and a place to pick up vibrant original works.

“I chose the portrait of my brother because I liked the colour and shades in that painting,” Nur Hannah says with a smile. “My brother is always free to pose and become a subject for my painting.”

Nur Hannah is pursuing a degree in graphic and media design at the University of the Arts London, and says she discovered her talent at age five. She adds that she always takes a sketchbook when she travels and sketches everything she finds interesting. – Bernama