Deep imag­i­na­tion

One artist’s fas­ci­na­tion with mytholo­gies takes cen­tre stage at the lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion in artemis art.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - ART - By DINESH KU­MAR MAGANATHAN star2@thes­tar.com.my

FROM the bow­els of the earth, out of the dark oceans, arose the mon­sters of the deep. Ter­ri­fy­ing sea dragons, mon­strous crabs and evil spir­its, all bent on wreaking havoc and ter­ror on hu­mans.

The earth quaked, the seas were rag­ing and the thun­der roared. But brav­ing the deadly el­e­ments and ma­rine hor­rors was a man, a war­rior, wield­ing his sword.

Armed with his brav­ery, he ven­tured in search of th­ese mon­sters, to slay them once and for all.

Noth­ing is more fas­ci­nat­ing to a sto­ry­teller than a hero who risks his life to save the world. But for Yuli, he was just warm­ing up. His main act brims with de­mons and gods and spir­its and pyra­mids and dream­catch­ers and even Korean pop stars.

Through his ex­pe­ri­ence learn­ing about art and liv­ing with Asperger syn­drome, Yuli has a unique vi­sion when it comes to his paint­ings.

And like the mas­ter sto­ry­teller that he is, the 27-year-old has con­jured worlds fa­mil­iar and yet bizarre in his sec­ond solo ex­hi­bi­tion at Artemis Art, Pub­lika in Kuala Lumpur.

Called Mytholo­gies, the ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures 15 of Yuli’s art­works in­spired mainly by Ja­panese myths and cul­ture.

The artist, an ar­dent fan of an­cient civil­i­sa­tions and myths, also drew in­spi­ra­tion from the other cul­tures of the an­cient world, in­clud­ing Chi­nese and Norse.

Dab­bling in the arts since he was a young boy, Yuli spent more than half a year to com­plete all 15 pieces and with the lib­erty and artis­tic free­dom be­stowed on him by the gallery, the artist had cre­ated rather out­stand­ing pieces of art in­fused with mytholo­gies.

How­ever, Yuli did not limit him­self to an­cient myths alone.

An­cient mytholo­gies: anowarkowa, yuli’s take on na­tive amer­i­can cul­ture, with the Thun­der­bird and dream­catch­ers.

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