Visitors having a look at the art pieces during the Comic Art Exhibition 2019 at the Royal Wharf Art Gallery in the capital on 19/04/19. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Azrina Zin
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

The inaugural comic art exhibition dubbed “Kami Orang Brunei” launched recently at the Art Gallery at Dermaga Diraja showcased about 100 artworks produced by aspiring comic artists in the sultanate.

The spectacle which ends tomorrow is participated by 31 aspiring local artists whose masterpieces were influenced by comic books and graphic novels, inspired by the culture, history and environment of Brunei.

Some of the art pieces during the Comic Art Exhibition 2019 at the Royal Wharf Art Gallery in the capital on 19/04/19. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Some of the featured artists include Richard Chin, Cuboi Art Cartoons, Ambuyart, Adi Farhan Art, Shehs.ink and Sihinkomik, among others.

Project Manager and Head of Design and Decoration Unit of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) Wan Nur Zahidah Metussin said that the exhibition was meant for local comic artists to showcase their talent in comic and graphic art, as well as reveal their latest work to the public.

Some of the art pieces during the Comic Art Exhibition 2019 at the Royal Wharf Art Gallery in the capital on 19/04/19. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

“I hope through this exhibition, we could create more awareness on local comic art talent,” she said.

At the gallery, visitors will get a chance to see Adi Farhan Art’s locally-inspired original character – Tebuan Man, which he has been working on for the past few years.

Moreover, university student Mohamad Nasihin Hj Mohd Lisa whose byline “Sihinkomik” takes viewers on retro-futuristic journey documenting in fictional Brunei’s “Kampung Keris” through an ongoing battle with technology.

A visitor having a look at the art pieces during the Comic Art Exhibition 2019 at the Royal Wharf Art Gallery in the capital on 19/04/19. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Kampung Keris’ character designs were inspired by his first visit at the Royal Regalia Museum, where most of his designs captured patterns of the traditional artefacts and costume on display.

Sihinkomik said that apart from drawing manually, he has since been learning how to draw digitally and is hoping to publish his first complete series of Kampung Keris.

A woman walking pass the Royal Wharf Art Gallery posters in the capital on 19/04/19. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Furthermore, cartoonist Shehs Ink said the exhibition is a good platform for artists like him to showcase their work to the public.

“I have been drawing for almost 10 years and this is the first time I have been showcasing my work at an exhibition,” he said.

Comic Art Exhibition is open to the public from 9am to 5pm.

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The Bruneian