With ball­point pre­ci­sion

> Syah­bandi Sa­mat proves that cre­at­ing great mas­ter­pieces can be done with the sim­plest of tools

The Sun (Malaysia) - - YOUTH -

art­work? Back in high school, I used to draw por­traits of his­to­ri­ans in text­books. I found out that I could draw with the ball­point pen, and moved on to big­ger sizes. I use ball­point pens be­cause I want to tell the pub­lic that you don’t need ex­pen­sive ma­te­ri­als to make art. All you need is your cre­ativ­ity and knowl­edge to ex­plore the medium that you chose.

Is there a com­mon theme to the art you make? Usu­ally, it’s about the en­vi­ron­ment and things that hap­pen around me. Fairy tales; the orig­i­nal, dark ones – not the ver­sions with happy end­ings. I do a bit of id­ioms too. But lately, I’m ven­tur­ing more into dark and sur­real art.

Any plans for your­self in terms of art? For now, I’m aim­ing to do more art res­i­den­cies out­side of Malaysia. I need to learn from oth­ers, be­cause I’m a self-taught artist. I’d like to join art res­i­den­cies in Asian coun­tries, par­tic­u­larly Ja­pan and South Korea. Ja­pan is very well known for its cul­ture and po­lite­ness, and its art is very fine and de­tailed. I want to learn from them be­cause it is rel­e­vant to the kind of art that I’m do­ing.

ADIB RAWI/THESUN

He used to cre­ate art in his fa­ther’s car wash space be­fore he was at­tached to Ga­leri Ti­tik­merah.

Syah­bandi uses ball­point pens as a medium to con­vey that it doesn’t take ex­pen­sive ma­te­ri­als to make art.

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