Artist Statement:

“I feel there has always been a need to redefine the relationship between art and architecture, in bridging the highly technical aspect prevalent in architectural works, and the seemingly abstract representation of art.”

Artist Brief History:

Multhalib can be regarded as one of Malaysia's young leading contemporary sculptors. He has become known for his 'fluid metal sculptures' which seem to have been effortlessly carved out of metal. The contradiction of transforming a hard material into a supple, pliable form, demonstrates his interest in the manipulation of the medium. This in part stems from his educational background in architecture. He pursued his Bachelor's Degree in Design Studies from the University of Adelaide in Australia, thereafter obtaining his Bachelor of Architecture from MARA University of Technology in 2000. He has been granted numerous international awards and residencies in recognition of his works. In 2001 he was selected for the Rimbun Dahan Residency in Malaysia, and the following year was presented with the Award of Excellence at the 6th Oita Asian Sculpture Open Competition in Japan. He was the recipient of the Australian High Commission Residency in 2004, and was commissioned through an international competition to create a major outdoor sculpture for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, China. In 2009 his work was selected for the Ordos 11th Asia Arts Festival, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China, and another sculpture for the Urumqi International Urban Sculpture Symposium held in Xinjiang, China.

Academic Qualifications

Bachelor of Architecture (Honours). MARA University of Technology, Malaysia.
Bachelor Degree in Design Studies. University of Adelaide, Australia.

Solo Exhibitions

TWIST. Wei-Ling Gallery, Malaysia.
SWIRLS. Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Selected Group Exhibitions

Great Malaysian Contemporary Art. Malaysian Art Expo, Malaysia.
WWF Art Exhibition: Snapshots. Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia.
Then and Now: 50th Anniversary of the Bank Negara Malaysia. Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery, Malaysia
WWF Art Exhibition: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow. Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia.
KepadaMu Kekasih. The National Art Gallery, Malaysia.
WWF Art Exhibition: Survival. Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia.
6th World Islamic Economic Forum: Marketplace of Creative Arts. KLCC Convention Centre, Malaysia
Ordos 11th Asia Arts Festival. Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China.
Urumqi International Urban Sculpture Symposium. Xinjiang, China.
IM©AS. Iskandar Malaysia Contemporary Art Show, Malaysia.
3rd International Art Expo Malaysia, MATRADE, Malaysia.
Passions. The Gallery @Star Hill, Malaysia.
WWF Art Exhibition: Tanah Air. Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia.
Involute. SLOT, Sydney, Australia.
5th China International Gallery Exposition. China World Trade Centre, Beijing, China.
The 2nd International Art Expo. MATRADE, Malaysia.
WWF Art Exhibition: Shifting Boundaries. Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia.
50 Ways to Live in Malaysia. Galeri PETRONAS, Malaysia.
Jejak. Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Indonesia.
Triptych of Minds. The Gallery @Star Hill, Malaysia.
WWF Art Exhibition: 00:15 Superstar. Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia.
18@8 Kuala Lumpur to Karachi. Amin Gulgee Gallery, Pakistan.
Casuarina Sculpture Walk. Casuarina Beach, New Tweed Coast, Australia.
Beijing Olympic Park Sculpture Design Exhibition. Beijing Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, China.
WWF Art Exhibition: FEED ME!. Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia.
Contemporary Metal. Galeri Seni Maya, Malaysia.
18@8 Contemporary Art from Malaysia and Beyond. Wei-Ling Gallery, Malaysia.
A Beautiful Mind. Galeri Tangsi, Malaysia.
WWF Art Exhibition: The Power of Dreaming. Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia.
The Young Contemporaries Award Exhibition. The National Art Gallery, Malaysia.
WWF Art Exhibition: Paradise Lost, Paradise Found. Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia.
Sculpture by the Sea. Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia.
Malindo. Taksu Jakarta, Indonesia.
Philip Morris Malaysia - ASEAN Art Awards. The National Art Gallery, Malaysia.
Made-in-Japan: Foreign Concepts. The Nichigin, Hiroshima, Japan.
Of Shadows and Images. Visual Art from Malaysia, Malmo Konstmuseum, Malmo, Sweden and Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain.
1st Guilin Yuzi Paradise International Sculpture Awards. China.
MelbourneConnectionAsia. City Circle Tram Shelters, Melbourne, Australia.
WWF Art Exhibition: Games People Play. Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia.
The Young Contemporaries Awards Exhibition. The National Art Gallery, Malaysia.
6th Oita Asian Sculpture Exhibition and Open Competition Fumio Asakura Memorial Park, Japan.
Malaysian-Australian Artist Residency Exhibition. Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia.
Open Show. The National Art Gallery, Malaysia.
Manusia NN Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tasik Kenyir. Pengkalan Gawi TIC, Tasik Kenyir, Malaysia.
Old Kuala Lumpur. Plaza Putra, Malaysia.
Art Competition and Exhibition. Creative Art Centre, The National Art Gallery, Malaysia.
One World - No War. Kuala Lumpur City Hall, Malaysia.         

Selected Awards, Grants, Residency

2008 Recipient. Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit, Tokyo, Japan.
2006 Merit Award. Beijing Olympic City Sculpture Competition for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad.
2005 ALAMI III ALUN Science/Arts Camp Grant, Pulau Tiga, Sabah, Malaysia.
2004 Consolation Prize. 10 Year Anniversary Sculpture Competition. The National Planetarium, Malaysia.
Recipient. The AHC Visual Arts Residency Award Australian High Commission in Malaysia.
2003 Honourable Mention. Philip Morris Malaysia - ASEAN Art Awards, National Art Gallery, Malaysia.
2002 Juror’s Award. The Young Contemporaries Award Exhibition, National Art Gallery, Malaysia.
Second Prize Award of Excellence. 6th Oita Asian Sculpture Competition Fumio Asakura Memorial Park, Japan.
2001 Recipient. Artist in Residence. Rimbun Dahan, Kuang, Malaysia.
1999 Special Mention. World-Wide Millennium Painting Competition, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
1994 Consolation Prize. Malaysian Wildlife Drawing Competition, Plaza Bukit Bintang, Malaysia.
1993 Consolation Prize. Old Kuala Lumpur Art Competition, Plaza Putra and Art Direction, Malaysia.
Second Prize. Watercolour Competition Creative Art Centre, The National Art Gallery, Malaysia.
1991 Consolation Prize. One World - No War Art Competition, Kuala Lumpur City Hall, Malaysia.
First Prize. National Fire Prevention Week Art Competition, Galeri Shah Alam, Malaysia.

Selected Private and Public Collection

Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Bank Negara Malaysia, Malaysia.
Beijing Olympic Park City, Beijing, China.
Centrepoint Towers, Midvalley City, Malaysia.
Fumio Asakura Memorial Park, Oita, Japan.
Grand Hyatt Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Guilin Yuzi Paradise, Guilin, China.
Hilton Hotel KL Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
KLPac, YTL Sentul Park, Malaysia.
Nakamura Jishiro Memorial Fund, Fukuoka, Japan.
NAZA TTDI, Shah Alam, Malaysia.
Ordos Municipal Government, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China.
Prince Court Medical Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Perdana Leadership Foundation, Putrajaya, Malaysia.
Putrajaya Convention Centre, Putrajaya, Malaysia.
Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia.
Singapore Art Museum, Singapore.
The Aliya and Farouk Khan Collection, Malaysia
The National Art Gallery, Malaysia.
UMW Toyota Headquarters, Shah Alam, Malaysia.
Urumqi Municipal Government, Xinjiang, China.
Westin Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Wheelock Properties, Singapore.
Wisma Selangor Dredging, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Yi Dong Yuan Sculpture Manufacture Center, Beijing, China.