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Ajis Mohamad

For Ajis Mohammad, being an artist does not merely mean looking
for a subject, painting it and selling it.  It goes beyond being artistic
and garnering accolades & awards.  There has to be a reason for
‘artistic creation’.  An artist is blessed with a gift - a chance to make
a difference through his art. He ‘creates’ beautiful underwater
scenes, rich with colourful corals and abundance of marine life, not
only for visual enjoyment, but to remind us that scenes like these are
becoming scarce due to pollution, destruction of coral reefs and bad
fishing practices. 
 
Ajis is a scuba-diver, an underwater photographer, marine ‘activist’
and a greatly sought after marine artist. He has even devised a way
to literally paint under the ocean, with methods that do not disrupt
the delicate eco-system. In Darwin Project 2010, he brought art to
the ‘Sea Gypsies’ (Bajau Laut of Semporna, Sabah), a community
of fishermen and their families who have never had formal schooling.
They were encouraged to put into drawing what they see in the waters
and the result is ‘raw’ drawing by instinct.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
 
1987   
  • Majlis Perbandaran Kuantan, Pahang

1988   
  • Historical Exhibition, Muzium Pekan, Pahang

1990   
  • Hyatt Hotel, Kuantan, Pahang

1995   
  • Anugerah Dunia Untuk Mahathir - Exhibition PWTC,
Kuala Lumpur

1996   
  • Men On Women Exhibition -  Malaysian Institute Of
Management (MIM), Kuala Lumpur
  • 6 Sense Exhibition - Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur
  • Art Aspiration Exhibition - Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur.

1997   
  • Angkatan Pelukis Malaysia Exhibition - Galeri Petronas,
KLCC, Kuala Lumpur.
  • Source Of Water Grandeur  - Hotel Istana Ballroom,  
Kuala Lumpur.

1998   
  • 40 Years A.P.S (Angkatan Pelukis Malaysia) Exhibition
– National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.
  • Around The Body - Sutra Dance Theatre, Kuala Lumpur
  • Penyu Khazanah Kita Exhibition -  Awana Kinjal Hotel, Terengganu.
  • Imajan Sukan Exhibition – Galeri Shah Alam, Selangor.
  • Penyu Khazanah Kita -  National Science Centre, Kuala Lumpur.
  • Our Heritage To Cherish -  Badan Warisan Malaysia Kuala Lumpur.

1999   
  • Ciptarasa Malaysia 9 -  Bank Negara, Kuala Lumpur.
  • Aku Potret Diri 99  - Galeri Petronas, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur.
  • Group Conlay -  Craft Complex, Kuala Lumpur.
  • Aspirasi 2000 -  Hotel Lang, Langkawi
  • Rapture Au Nature -  Art Village, Legend Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

2000   
  • Negarawan  - National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.

2001   
  • Semangat Air - National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

2002   
  • Semangat Air – Underwater exhibition at Pulau Perhentian Besar,
Terengganu.

2003   
  • Imajan Kemerdekaan -  Menara Maybank, Kuala Lumpur.

2004   
  • Garisan Ombak  Photography exhibition – National Art Gallery,
Kuala Lumpur.
  • Calon Duta Belia Negara 2004 exhibition - Stadium Bukit Jalil,
Kuala Lumpur.
  • Celebrate The Sea exhibition – National Science Centre,
Kuala Lumpur.
  • Shell Corporate Calender 2005
  •  Sustaining A Sanctuary Through Art” By Ajis Mohamad exhibition -
National Art Gallery Kuala Lumpur.

2007   
  • Merdeka ke 50 -  Islamic Art Museum, Kuala Lumpur.

2010   
  • Kepada Mu Kekasih exhibition -  National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
 
AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

a)First Malaysian artist to do Scuba Painting -
certified by Malaysia Book of Records in May 2000.
 
b)Underwater painting award – Largest Water Art
Festival in Malaysia, National Art Gallery – listed in
the Malaysia Book of Records in April 2002.
 
c)Longest underwater painting (Scuba Painting)
Coral Malaysia - 36 meters - Malaysia Book of Records
in April 2004 (proposed listing in the Guinness Book Of
World Records).
 
c)Youth Ambassador 2004
 
d)Longest underwater painting (Scuba Painting) spanning
56.6 meters (a World Record) in  April 2008 at Pulau Tioman,
Mersing, Johor - organised National Art Gallery and Ministry of
Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage of Malaysia.


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