07 July, 2010

A. Samad Ismail

Ever since the obsession of space and the theories of our universe. It's been awhile since I've painted portraitures or photorealism pieces. To be honest, I'm a total failure when it comes to acrylic paints, so here's one for the old timer in modern contemporary art form, spray paint on canvas.

The Man Behind the Logo
(Spray-paint on 1.8m by 1.6m canvas)
Abdul Samad Ismail (18 April 1924 - 4 September 2008), writer, editor, journalist. During the Japanese Occupation of Malaya during World War II, Samad worked for the Japanese-supported newspaper, Berita Malai. He became editor of Berita Malai when he was just 21 years old. The British, who controlled Malaysia during the colonial era, returned following the Japanese defeat and briefly imprisoned Samad. He was released after a short time and returned to work at the Utusan Melayu. Samad founded the People's Action Party (PAP) with Lee Kuan Yew, the future Prime Minister of Singapore (now, Senior Mentor Minister of Singapore). However, disagreements between Samad and both Lee and the Utusan Melayu resulted in his move to the city of Kuala Lumpur. While in Kuala Lumpur, Samad became the head of the Berita Harian newspaper and the managing editor of the New Straits Times Press (NSTP) group.

A. Samad Ismail (spray-painted on canvas framed) at the Kuala Lumpur Exhibition, credits to OneTwoDelta for the photos.


Commissioned by Zack Razak, for an exhibition in Kuala Lumpur on 7th July 2010.
A Hero-Eating Villains presents, The Man Behind the Logo, A. Samad Ismail
Vintage slides.
Documented by Syamim
Edited by Eman Raharno
Music by Sigur Ros - Hoppipolla

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