Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Selangor Royal Portraits Commission

DYMM Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah AlHaj.

Chancellor University Putra.

54" x 40" oils on canvas.

Istana Mestika.

From 2002 until 2003, Nazri had completed seven more new portrait commissioned by DYMM Sultan Selangor, plus restoration and alterations to several existing portraits for the Balai Santapan Diraja, Istana Alam Shah included four new portraits for Istana Mestika. Up until 2004 Nazri was busy working on further portrait commissions consisted of two new portraits, plus restoration and alterations to existing four portraits for the Dewan Undangan Negeri Selangor. Two new portraits plus further restoration work to existing portraits for DYMM Sultan Selangor. 

DYMM Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah AlHaj.

Pro-Chancellor UiTM.

54" x 40" oils on canvas.

Istana Mestika.

DYMM Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah AlHaj.

Captain in Chief Royal Malaysian Navy.

54" x 40" oils on canvas.

Istana Mestika.

A Modern Day Old Master

SPB Al-Marhum Tuanku Ja'afar ibni

 Al-Marhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

-Negeri Sembilan. 

(26.4.1994  -  25.4.1999)

Istana Melawati, Putrajaya.

Nazri’s ability to converse fluently in Malay language or Bahasa Malaysia made him won many friends from ordinary walks of life and clients from the private sectors. He assimilates well with the Malaysian culture. As a matter of fact he had converted to Islam since in the sixties in Johor. 

Puan Sri Lea Hamdan. 54”X36”. Personal collection.

Kai Neilsen. 24”X30”. Personal collection.

Javanese Man. 54”X36”. Personal collection

Nazri and the Royal families

As a Royal Painter Nazri has established that special kind of relationship between an artist and the royal families which is rare to find in Malaysia.

Way back in the late sixties he was working across the causeway in Singapore and he started to get acquainted with the Johor royal family. The king of Johor at the time was Al-Marhum Sultan Sir Ismail ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Sir Ibrahim. He had commissioned Nazri to paint two state portraits of him and his wife Sultanah of Johor.

Al-Marhum Sultan Abdul Samad.

54" x 40" oils on canvas.

Istana Alam Shah.

In 1978 Nazri was entrusted to undertake portrait commission works for Dewan Undangan Negeri Selangor, featuring four Sultans - from Sultan Abdul Samad to Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz, Shah AlHaj. 

Al-Marhum Sultan Ala'eddin Sulaiman Shah.

54" x 40" oils on canvas.

Istana Alam Shah.

Al-Marhum Sultan Musa Ghiatuddin Riayat Shah .

7' x 4' oils on canvas (detail).

Dewan Undangan Negeri Selangor.

Al-Marhumah Tengku Ampuan Jema'ah

DYMM Permaisuri Agong II.

54" x 40" oils on canvas.

Istana Alam Shah.

Al-Marhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah AlHaj.

Formal evening dress.

7' x 4' oils on canvas.

Istana Alam Shah.

Followed by further portrait commissions for Federal Parliament from 1979 until 1983; consisted of 24 portraits of D.Y.M.M. Y.D.P. Agong, Prime Ministers, Speakers of parliament and presidents of the senate. He accomplished the project successfully and the Sultan was very pleased with Nazri's works. 

Twice he was awarded with medals, one pingat SIS or Setia Idris Shah Medal from the present Sultan of Selangor.

Al-Marhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah AlHaj.

Informal Portrait.

30" x 40" oils on canvas (detail).

Istana Darul Ehsan.

The other medal was a Pingat Jaksa Kebaktian or PJK Medal awarded by the late 
Al-Marhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah AlHaj of Selangor, in recognition to his many portrait paintings for the royal family and the the Dewan Undangan Negeri.
         During the same period he also managed to complete portrait of Raja Muda

DYMM Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah AlHaj.

Informal portrait.

24" x 30" oils on canvas.

Istana Mestika.

Monday, December 29, 2008

A story of a Royal Painter

This Blog is dedicated to a Royal Painter of Selangor, who is my best friend, my mentor and my ex-lecturer. 

Ahmad Nazri Abdullah 
was born in December 1937 
in Melbourne to Australian parents with Scottish, English 
and Afghani lineage, Ahmad Nazri Abdullah received his 
first formal art education at Swinburne Technical College in 
1953 at the tender age of 15.
Then he sporadically dabbled with the advertising 
industry between 1959 and 1974 and his last position was 
regional creative director for Marklin Advertising 
and was responsible for creative output for Kuala Lumpur, 
Singapore, Jakarta and Bangkok offices. 
Tired of 'living out of a suitcase' 
and coupled with his pursuit for his first love, painting.

In 1974 Nazri started his painting career full time 
while being a full time academician at ITM Shah Alam.

Al-Marhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah AlHaj50" x 36" oils on canvas. Istana Selangor
In 1978 he was appointed by His Royal  Highness 
Al-Marhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah AlHaj
Sultan of Selangor as Pelukis Diraja Selangor, 
an appointment that he proudly carries 
until today.