Idris Ali: Hitam Putih

January 6, 2023 - February 6, 2023

Hitam Putih is a solo exhibition by senior Singaporean artist Idris Ali, whose artistic career spans 60 years. He is known for vibrant watercolour works depicting Singapore’s heritage architecture and scenes of the quotidian. He is also a long-time member of Angkatan Pelukis Aneka Daya (Association of Artists of Various Resources), where he has played a significant role as a teacher under its Tunas (Budding) programme, and mentor to other art teachers. 

Presented by Maya Gallery, ‘Hitam Putih’, which means ‘Black and White’ in Malay, reveals a different aspect of Pak Idris’s practice. It will showcase monochromatic works in various mediums including watercolour, ink and acrylic. Without the “distraction” of colour, raw strokes are used as a visual language to create forms, express movement and add elements of design. 

Details of guided walkthrough, masterclass workshop and dialogue session will be available soon. 

Supported by National Arts Council, Hitam Putih is curated by Vanessa Yeo.

About the Artist

Idris Mohamed Ali (b. 1944, Singapore) is one of Singapore’s most senior Malay artists. For more than 50 years, Idris has captured Singapore’s landscapes in colourful watercolours, and exhibited at numerous group exhibitions, including three successful solo shows. His works can be found in the collections of the National Gallery Singapore, National Heritage Board, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and various government agencies in Singapore and Malaysia, as well as private organisations and individuals. A member of the Angkatan Pelukis Aneka Daya or APAD (Association of Artists of Various Resources), Idris has taught many young students under its Tunas (Budding) programme, as well as mentored art teachers. Idris is a recipient of the inaugural Hadiah Warisan (Heritage Prize) by Malay Heritage Foundation (2021) and two awards by APAD—Pingat APAD (1974) and Cipta Mekar (1990). He has also illustrated various award-winning publications.

The Artist