“Nocturna Creatures” feat. Khairul Azmir Shoib (a.k.a. Meme)

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Nocturna Creatures is multiple award-winning Malaysian artist, Khairul Azmir Shoib’s second solo exhibition in Singapore. Better known as Meme, Khairul is the artist and illustrator of two picture books — Kailash and TulipThe Dog That Ate Nightmares and this marks the finale of a series of three exhibitions focusing on children’s book illustrators by Magic Bird Publishing.

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The exhibition features 12 of his strange and alluring mixed media drawings comprised of ink, pencil, watercolour and even actual insect wings. These drawings on paper of fantastical fairy tale creatures have their roots in the spirits that roam nature and Khairul’s own imaginary childhood friends.

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Image credits: Galerie Steph

Khairul was born in 1975 in Perak, Malaysia. He has participated in various group exhibitions in institutions and galleries in Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. Among his past solo exhibitions are Fairieality (2006), Post Gothic Dreams (2009) and Let It All Rain Down From The Blood Stained Clouds (2014). He constantly strives to create visual poetry that record silent conversations between self and other. He takes his inspiration from fairy tales and children’s books, thereby imbuing his artworks with similar outlandish, mythical and macabre characters, visuals and narratives.

Khairul Azmir Shoib, Nocturna 1, 2014, ink, colour pencil and pencil on paper, 42 x 28 cm

Nocturna 1 2014
Ink, colour pencil and pencil on paper
42 x 28 cm

Khairul Azmir Shoib, Nocturna 2, 2013, watercolour and pencil on paper, 27 x 38 cm

Nocturna 2 2013
Watercolour and pencil on paper
27 x 38 cm

Khairul Azmir Shoib, Nocturna 3, 2012, ink and watercolour on paper, 42 x 29 cm

Nocturna 3 2012
Ink and watercolour on paper
42 x 29 cm

Khairul Azmir Shoib, Nocturna 4, 2012, ink on paper, 42 x 29 cm

Nocturna 4 2012
Ink on paper
42 x 29 cm

Khairul Azmir Shoib, Nocturna 5, 2014, ink on paper, 42 x 29 cm

Nocturna 5 2014
Ink on paper
42 x 29 cm

Khairul Azmir Shoib, Nocturna 6, 2014, ink on paper, 42 x 29 cm

Nocturna 6 2014
Ink on paper
42 x 29 cm

Khairul Azmir Shoib, Nocturna 7, 2013, colour pencil and ink on paper, 29 x 42 cm

Nocturna 7 2013
Colour pencil and ink on paper
29 x 42 cm

Khairul Azmir Shoib, Nocturna 8, 2014, watercolour, ink and colour pencil on paper, 42 x 29 cm

Nocturna 8 2014
Watercolour, ink and colour pencil on paper
42 x 29 cm

Khairul Azmir Shoib, Nocturna 9, 2014, colour pencil and ink on paper, 42 x 29 cm

Nocturna 9 2014
Colour pencil and ink on paper
42 x 29 cm

Khairul Azmir Shoib, Nocturna 10, 2014, ink on paper, 42 x 29 cm

Nocturna 10 2014
Ink on paper
42 x 29 cm

Meme, Stray Sod, 2015, twigs, insect nest, insect wings, grass, dry flowers, beads, leaves, 20 x 30 cm MID

Nocturna 11 2015
Grass, insect wings, leaves, flowers, branches, plastic and pins on paper
29 x 42 cm

Meme, Fairy, 2014, acrylic, pencil, ink and insect's wings, 5 x 11 cm

Nocturna 12 2014
Pencil, ink and insect wings on paper
6 x 12 cm

For more of Meme’s entrancing and enigmatic works, visit his creative page here.

Huge thank you to Galerie Steph and One for One (Magic Bird World) for all the hard work putting together this incredible series of exhibitions. Magicbird books are available for sale through their online shop with proceeds going towards building of Reading Spaces and funding of their volunteer-run bookclub, Wisdom Club for Children.

Contributing writer: Hui Li

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