KUALA LUMPUR: Call him the “poster” boy of Malaysian artists.
As a young boy, the multi-talented A. Rahim Muda, better known as Imuda, was fascinated with movie posters and would spend countless hours studying them.
“I would pester my parents to take me to the movies but ended up paying more attention to the posters hung in the lobby,” said the 48-year-old.
The posters, typified by images of a hero and heroine painted with a colourful background, ignited Imuda’s long love affair with portrait-painting and gave rise to his large collection of works.
“I was amazed at how detailed and lifelike the posters were. They were the inspiration behind many of my portraits today,” he said.
Imuda is celebrated for his acting stints in sitcoms such as Pi Mai Pi Mai Tang Tu and 2+1, as well as feature films such as Mat Som, Hati Bukan Kristal, Kembara Seniman Jalanan and Gelora Cinta.
But his claim to fame was as a talented and influential cartoonist and artist. It comes as no surprise then that Imuda admits to drawing as his main passion.
Imuda’s works are on display during his fourth major exhibition entitled “40 Perempuan” at Balai Seni NSTP, Jalan Riong, Bangsar, this month.
“I find portrait-painting more challenging than any other art form as you need to capture the likeness and emotions of the subject.”
He said he chose women as his subjects because “women are the inspiration behind everything”.
The 40 acrylic-based and oil paintings portray local and international personalities, including Datuk Siti Nurhaliza, Maya Karin, Saloma, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Princess Diana.
Choosing not to put a price on his paintings, the self-taught artist prefers interested parties to call him at 014-6401372 if they want to purchase his artwork.
The exhibition is open from 9am to 5pm daily.
Admission is free.
New Straits Times