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William Faulkner once said that the aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed, so that a hundred years later, when a stranger feasts his eyes on it, it shall move again, since it is life.
AnuarDan did precisely that. “Khazanah” is a collective work emphasising on the pending extinction of quaint Malay houses and its’ heritage.His painting are well articulate, the houses strongly vertical and depicted in surrealistic and semi abstract ways. Figures in his works, exquisitely nuanced, are pale shadows. He has relayed an impending sense of foreboding, of everything being ultimately mutable. Even the intricate and detailed works on these domiciles seem ephemeral. This very ambiguity is profoundly disturbing. His images are imposing but never tactile, and the colour utilised, of ‘dirty’ hues of earth-based tone succeeded in lending his creation a sense of antiquity. These houses and its’ occupants seem deadpan, with a surrealist charge to them. As for the other embellishments, (bicycle, foliage, kitchenware) they all have an eerie and transparent quality to them. It is like viewing your own house from another dimension.

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