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Raja Azhar

 

About Raja Azhar 

Raja Azhar, hailed from Ipoh, Perak, is a full-time professional artist, graduated with a degree in fine arts from the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia.

From 1980 to 1981, he was the recipient of the St Kilda Art Prize Award, Lord Mayor of Melbourne and The Victorian artists society artist of the year award. After many successful exhibitions held locally and abroad, Raja Azhar ventured into the intricate media of glass making in 1999. In order to improve in this area, he became a member of the renowned Ausglass Association of Australia which organized workshops and conferences for glass enthusiasts and which are hosted by experts in the multi-faceted techniques of glass making.

Raja Azhar has been an attendee at several elite workshops held across Australia and this has enriched and inspired his selected technique in kiln-formed glass. His unique glass creations have been commissioned by many esteemed corporate companies, they compliment the interior of various residences and they have been presented to several prominent world leaders.

For Raja Azhar, the artistic material is an indirect medium that teaches artists about discipline, patience and thoroughness. His works are tremendously popular particularly his innovative ‘impressionism with movement’ series.

Exhibitions

  1976                  First Solo Batik Show, Kuala Lumpur & Paris

  1977/78          AMP Building, Melbourne Australia

  1979/80         Etchings & Drawings, Boston Gallery, Brisbane Australia

  1980/82        Sum Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

  1981                 Frater Gallery, Victorian Artists’ Society, Melbourne

  1982                Artist Proof Gallery, Melbourne

  1984                Exhibition Room, Malaysian High Commission, Canberra Australia

  1985                Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship, Victorian College of Arts, Melbourne

  1986                Tour Exhibition throughout Malaysia and Singapore

  1987                Raja S.2.D.O. Gallery, Melbourne

  1988                Pan Pacific Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

  1989                Raja Idris Gallery, Melbourne

  1990                A.P. Gallery, Melbourne

  1991                Pottery Village & Gallery, Penang Malaysia

  1992                Shah Alam Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

  1993                Retrospective Exhibition, Art Case Galleries, Kuala Lumpur

  1994                Prolific Diversities, Art Case Galleries, Kuala Lumpur

                            Participated as guest artist – live stage performance “Malam Karyawan”

                            direct telecast

  1996               Forms…Shapes & Contours, Art Case Galleries, Kuala Lumpur

  1997               Gerakan, Art Case Galleries, Kuala Lumpur

  1998               Culture Colour Connection, Art Case Galleries, Kuala Lumpur

  1999                Cahaya dan Biasan, Atrium Gallery UK

  2000               Invention on Glass, Art Case Galleries (Bkt Antarabangsa), Kuala Lumpur

  2001               Glass Convention, Melbourne

  2003               Glass Convention and Group Exhibition, Fremantle Australia

  2004               Glass installation – Floating Mushrooms, Great Eastern Mall Kuala Lumpur

  2005               Glass Convention with GAS/AusGlass, Adelaide

  2006               WET SERIES – Tribute to the Pink Lady, Art Case Galleries, Kuala Lumpur

                            Veteran Artists Group Show, Artseni Art Gallery, Star Hill Kuala Lumpur

                            FRAGILITY…VERSATILITY – Tribute to KAK ENDON, Kuala Lumpur

                            Singapore International Art Fair Singapore

                           Solo exhibition, Sunjin Galleries, Singapore

 

 Honors/Awards

 

  1980/81           Acquisitive Art Prize, St Kilda Art Competition, Melbourne

  1981                 Lord Mayor’s Art Prize (City of Melbourne), Melbourne

                             Artist of the Year Award, Victorian Artists’ Society, Melbourne

  1982               Miniature Gippsland Art Prize, Australia

  1983               Rotary Club of St Kilda Art Prize, Melbourne

  1989               Greyhound Art Prize, Melbourne