Big Pond

Haris Ribut

Haris Ribut is best known for his oil painting of fat women swaying
to the beat of their daily chores!  He shows us the grace & beauty of 
big women as a 'sincere perspective of reality'. His many series of
these women – doing chores, dancing, chit-chatting came from his
muse, his mother. “Big is not heavy, fat but not ugly, passion rather
than lust” - that's how he sees them and hopes that people will too.
 
Born in Carey Island in 1951, he journeyed artistically as a street
painter, paste-up artist, art director and even reporter and later
sub-editor. In 1990, he began seriously to paint full-time.  “There
is no such thing as a short-cut. What I have achieved is from my
earnest effort throughout a very long journey”. Now his paintings
are in private collections all over the world.
 
And he has one dream. Having left his watercolour origins to paint in
oil for almost 8 years, he is now re-capturing his first love, steadily
working towards a book of watercolour sketches of his Fat women.
 
SELECTED EXHIBITION

2003   
Group Show – Mutiara Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Drawing – Legend Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Perempuan – Elle Six Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Art for Heart – Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur
Imajan dan Suara Kemerdekaan – Maybank Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Self-Portrait – National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Fiv5 Enthusiasm – Art Deco, One Utama, Petaling Jaya

2002   
5 Sekawan – Alterly Gallery, Singapore
Self Portrait – National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Cross Roads – Alliance Francaise, Kuala Lumpur

2000   
Untitled – Shah Alam Gallery, Selangor
Two Man Show – Villa Lotus, Kuala Lumpur
Citarasa – Bank Negara Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
Art Fest 2000 – Gisborne, New Zealand

1999   
Aspirasi – Langkawi, Kedah
Aku “Potret Diri” – Galeri Petronas, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
Citarasa 99 – Bank Negara Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
Conlay Group ’99 – KL Craft Complex, Kuala Lumpur

1998   
Around the Body – Sutra Dance Theatre, Kuala Lumpur
Citarasa Malaysia, Commonwealth ’98 – KL Craft Complex, Kuala Lumpur
Launching of the Art Village – Legend Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Stroke of Paradise – Paradise Century Club, Kuala Lumpur


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