Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Chubu Shin Seisaku Kaigaten -Art Competition in Nagoya City Hall, Japan.

Rewinding memory to 1990............
It was a cold winter Ramadhan in Japan.The weather was gloomy most of the time but the feeling of really lonesome still vivid in my mind.No sunny cool winter, not cool...but just a very very cold winter.I love and cherished all those sunny summer day in Japan.Fasting was easy at daytime but a little  longer hour until break fasting at 8.00 p.m.


A close friend,Ando san invited me to enter an Art Competition in Nagoya just for fun and for the sake of  trying. The idea make me nervous and excited, as I recalled how Bakat Muda Sezaman used to make my eyes open and sleepless  for all those hardworking night during my student days.I was one of the winner in 1988 but not the first runner up. Enough to received RM 1000 from the sponsor  and a letter of recognition by the late Vice Director UITM Dr. Ahmad.

There in Japan the entry fee was a staggering  6000 yen and it will just vanishes or burned to nothing  if your work was not chosen by the committee and that makes me so nervous.Very close to breakdown. Luckily two of my artwork was chosen even though few had question if it can be considered as painting.Unfortunately my friend Ando lost his entry fee even though his portraits painting was cool enough to me.

During the prize ceremony,I recalled that the Japanese was so understanding that  all 'kam-paii' or 'cheers'was delayed till I break my fasting at close to 8.00 o'clock.I had bowed  to all of them showing my respect and deep  appreciation for new friend of fellow artist before break fasting.The prize was only for first runner up and there is no second prize or third.First runner up  goes to Masaki Takahashi.The first prize was a contract of a one month tv exposure on local NHK tv. The committee believe that the prize was the best prize they ever give to an artist and I also strongly think Malaysian Art Patron should follow this as an example because a lasting  exposure will means a better and bright future for the artist.

4 comments:

A.Shukri Elias said...

I'm very proud of your achievement Bro...
And I believe that you are still the Taufik that I' ve known, 25 or so years ago - humble and full of respect to the others.
Looking forward to see you.

Art of My Life. said...

Bro,
Oghang Kedah.... ikut macam resmi padi....
Same goes to you...Bro humble as always!Kedahan will always stay humble.Kalau boleh nak jadi Species anonymus silencies(newly invented species)..ha. ha..

Art of My Life. said...

Speaking about humble reminds me of a troubadour.Not the medieval one or the one singing in public nowadays.

But the one in our heart.Artist I believe like to stay silence but louder in their heart and mind.They want to be recognise but yet unnotice....

aznimatisa said...

betol sangat la Mr Art. BraimDon pun samer. I je jadi tukang promoter 2k dia. harap dia..hm..dok berseni n berkarya je laa