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Expressing Himself Through Art

Kamil Shafie, a politician cum artist and the state assemblyman for Manong is having his first solo exhibition from April 12 to May 12. “Expressions from Above: Kamil Shafie” is a collection of Kamil’s paintings on exhibition at the second floor of the Perak State Secretariat Building.

Having an educational background in design studies, his artworks are solely abstract, using oil paint or acrylic. Playing with colours and techniques, they actually reflect the voices and freedom of society.

“I was supposed to begin 20 years ago but politics has been my forte. I only started in 2010 and I have over 70 paintings now but only 35 are on exhibit,” said the seasoned politician.

Besides promoting art as a whole, he also hopes it will inspire youngsters to immerse themselves in art.

“It’d also be a great platform to attract tourists and promote Ipoh as a hub for culture and heritage,” said Dato’ Nolee Ashilin, the Executive Councillor for Tourism and Culture who officiated at the exhibition launch.

“I hope the art gallery we’re planning to open will come true, as that is where all the masterpieces will be. Not only will it appeal to young artists, it’ll also contribute to tourism,” Kamil added.

Perak is blessed with many talented young artists, most of whom we are unaware of their potential. This exhibition is set to be an eye-opener and, hopefully, will expose us to the world of creativity.

Rosli Mansor

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