Meet Syed Thajudeen an extraordinary story teller. He brings stories to life with his artistic brush strokes and the splash of myriad colours which depict the protagonists, the plots and love triangles on the tapestry of his canvas. Famed for his mural-sized paintings, Syed has waxed lyrical with his rendition of the Ramayana, Parameswara and the founding of Melaka, Mahsuri’s curse and most recently the love story of Hang Tuah and Puteri Gunung Ledang.
The legend has it that Sultan Mahmud Shah, the Sultan of Malacca sent Hang Tuah on a mission to propose to Puteri Gunung Ledang. The princess is said to have spurned the proposal by demanding several impossible gifts including a bowl of blood from the Sultan’s son. Love, instead, blossomed between Hang Tuah and the princess. Unfortunately due to Hang Tuah’s strong sense of duty, love was sacrificed. Syed’s painting adaptation of this beautiful love story shows love at first sight between the valiant admiral and the bewitching princess. The tigers prowling around Hang Tuah and the deers surrounding the princess symbolize bravery and gentleness, a perfect combination; the yin and the yang.
Syed Thajudeen is also fond of painting the growth and progression of Malaysia. He expresses the grandeur of the Twin Towers and the majestic Putrajaya state buildings representing the echelons of power and the pride of the nation. Since the historical proclamation of independence by Tunku Abdul Rahman, the nation of Malaysia has evolved and progressed tremendously. Syed Thajudeen has successfully evoked a mixture of emotions with “Merdeka” and his indomitable pride in Malaysia is evident in his work.
If you wish to view all of Syed Thajudeen’s work, visit The Bauhaus Gallery, home to the largest permanent collection of his works. Located in the suburbs of Petaling Jaya, the gallery was established to promote the artworks of Malaysia contemporary artists. The artworks range from the miniature Kebaya series to mural sized masterpieces. If you wish to view works from other Malaysian artists as well, the gallery offers a collection of artworks by Nai Tong, Ismail Latiff, Eric Peris and Stephen Menon.
Visit the Gallery
THE BAUHAUS GALLERY
No. 14, Jalan 3/64,
46000 Petaling Jaya,