Fauzulyusri Mohd Yusof
(b. 1974, Kedah, Malaysia) The work of Fauzulyusri has been consistently strong over his decade-long career, with 6 solo exhibitions and countless group exhibitions to his name. His ability to pragmatically push his painting in new directions while maintaining a vocabulary of individual mark-making has arrived at a mature expression. A rougher surface than linen, the jute’s heavy woven thread compliments the kind of signature surface scarring, loose irreverence and layering that have become fundamental to the structure of Fauzul’s images. Viewer can easily dissect the image into layers that build the picture, not only in terms of traditional spatial depth from thin paint on raw jute to a dense top application, but also as a device in creating texture within the painting to enliven the surface. It animates the isolated figures and forms so that they appear to float, masked and cropped collage-style by the dense upper surface. While it is easy to read Fauzul’s paintings as the games and dreams of a child, Fauzul’s geometric abstractions also have the urbanity of graffiti, of scuffed and scarred walls and that sense of decay of contemporary life.
Fauzulyusri graduated from UiTM Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia in 1999, and has been exhibiting in various venues in Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Singapore, and UK.
Fauzulyusri ‘s artworks are in the public collections of Balai Seni Lukis Negara (KL), Bank Negara Malaysia (KL), Kementrian Pembangunan Wanita dan Keluarga (KL), Maybank Finance Bhd (KL, Malaysia), Andaz Hotel (SG), Le Nouvel (KL), among other institutions.
TENGTENG: FAUZULYUSRI 2000-2015, Publisher Studio Tepilaut, 2013 Kenneth Tan, Peak Magazine, August Issue, 2014
ReaDrawing, Petronas Gallery, 2014
Today & Tomorrow: Emerging Practices in Malaysian Art, RougeArt, 2014 Nurhanim Khairuddin, Coreng Catalogue Essay, 2013
Saksi dan Bukti, Balai Seni Visual Negara, 2012
Rachel Jena, Etch, Screw, Art, Timeoutkl, July issue, 2011
Gina Fairley, The Ringmaster’s Dermis, Guris Catalogue Essay, 2011
Gina Fairley, Conceptual Tiling, Raw Catalogue Essay, 2009
Gina Fairley, Come Together, Fab4 Catalogue Essay, 2009
Gina Fairley, Play Catalogue Essay, 2009
Jagatheswary Narayanan, ’Karya Imbasan Nostalgia’, Kosmo, December 24, 2007 Associate Professor Mohd Khalil Amran, Ground Catalogue Essay, 2007
Ridzwan A.Rahim , ‘Different Strokes’ , New Straits Times, July 7, 2006
Associate Professor Dr Muliyadi Mahamood, ‘Fauzulyusri Imajan Silam Pengucapan Baru’ , Dewan Budaya, February 2005; Pop Primitive Catalogue Essay, 2004
Yusof Ghani, ‘Fauzul’s Sensual Communicator’, Pop Primitive Catalogue Essay 2004
Rudy Irwan Shukaime, ‘Dunia Pop Primitif Fauzul’, Kosmo, February 28, 2005
Azran Jaffar, ‘Fauzul Ketengah Pop Primitif’, Berita Minggu, October 3, 2004
Melissa Sellvadurai, ‘Land before Time’, KLUE, September 16, 2004
Barbara Fong, ‘Fauzul’s Journey on Canvas’, New Straits Times, September 11, 2004 Yelena Guzman, ‘Modern yet Primitive’, Sunday Star, September 5, 2004
Laura Fan, ‘Legacy of Abstract Expressionism, the Edge, July 2, 2001