Johann M Fauzi
Pride of the Mangosteen
Johann M Fauzi is a Singaporean artist and art collector whose collection span the 13th to the19th centuries, ranging from paintings, tapestries, prints, bronzes, ceramics, lighting and furniture.
It is through his interest in collecting that he began exploring the mediums of painting, printmaking and sculpture which he connects with classical canons of art thanks to a formal training at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Light and perspective are some of the elements he has chosen to work with, focusing on oil painting as a means to explore image-making. He currently focuses his research on the ideas of conceptual framing of Singapore landscape within the intersections of Classical and Romantic periods, as well as questioning 'otherness' and the position of a Malay person in Singapore.
Fuazi's exhibit comprises seven oil paintings, crafted in a western colonial style, juxtaposed with Malay titles and personal narratives, several of which are framed in the artist’s own creation, inspired by specific classical museum frames. Besides 'otherness', the paintings also question provenance and identity. The paintings were exhibited in April 2019 at the Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore, within the installation 1820 to 1920, which received accolades from Singapore Art Museum curators and other art luminaries.