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Laila Azra

Born in 1970, Indonesia

Curently lives and works in Singapore

 

The Singapore-based abstract painter, Laila Azra’s composition is influenced by personal experience at a universal level. She imbues paint with emotional resonance yet at the same time restricts those emoticons within the confines of her often indefinable and mysterious forms. She adapts gesture painting method where she uses her hands and body movement to drip, splash, and scrape on a canvas often positioned flat on the floor. This resulted in bold, rhythmic lines and texture-rich artworks, which are characterized by the weaving and interweaving layers of acrylic paint as well as her other chosen mediums.

Laila Azra was born in 1970 in Jakarta, Indonesia, and lives, and works in Singapore. She graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in Western Abstract Painting. The influences of Abstract Expressionism Techniques made popular in 1940s by the likes of Jackson Pollock, Willem De Kooning, and Mark Rothko resonate in Azra’s Art Making. She has participated in many local and international exhibitions including Indonesia, France, Malaysia and Germany.

 

 

Education

2009

Western Abstract (Distinction), Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore

1995

Social and Political Science (Cum Laude), University of Indonesia, Indonesia

 

Solo Exhibitions

2018

Sewindu Laila Azra 2010 – 2018, Element Art Space

2014

Over, Through and Under, Element Art Space, Singapore

EKLEKTIKA, Balai Kartini, Indonesia

2013

Contrary Passage, D Galleries, Jakarta, Indonesia

Material Garden, Art Stage Singapore, Singapore

2011

Solo Open Studio, Barossa, Singapore

2010

A Metaphor on Life’s Journey, Y2Art, Singapore

 

Group Exhibitions

2018

Art Jakarta, Element Art Space, Jakarta, Indonesia

2017

ArtJog 10, 2017, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Art Galleries Association Singapore: Fiction of Precision, Element Art Space, Singapore

Art Jakarta, Element Art Space, Jakarta, Indonesia

The Calm Before the Storm, Element Art Space, Singapore

RYB – Back to Basics, Element Art Space, Singapore

2016

Abstraction in Three Mediums, Element Art Space, Singapore

Bazaar Art Jakarta, Element Art Space, Jakarta, Indonesia

Invisible Paintings, Element Art Space, Space

2015

Art Expo Malaysia, Vivi Yip Art Room, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Bazaar Art Jakarta, CiArt, Jakarta, Indonesia

Art Paris Art Fair, Element Art Space, Paris, France

2014

ArtJog 2014, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2013

Artwalk @ Wessex, Barossa Studio, Singapore

Grand Opening of the new Element Art Space, Singapore

Artist to Artist, Viridian Art House, Singapore

2012

Joy Forever, Nikei Fine Art, Singapore

One Foot in the Right Direction, Marina City Link, Singapore

A Conversation In Art 2012, Viridian Art House, Singapore

Kaomise, Nikei Fine Art, Singapore

InterArt Greifswald 2012, Germany

Artist to Artist, Zaragosa, Spain

Artwalk @ Wessex, Barossa Studio, Singapore

2011

Project Fried Rice Art Fair, Fort Canning Singapore

Artwalk @ Wessex, Barossa Studio, Singapore

2010

Art Expo Malaysia 2010, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Award

1994

Finalist of Indonesia Gold Jewelry Design Contest from World Gold Council Indonesia