History – A Continuous Art Journey .
Abeyzoul as he is popularly called, was born on March 5, 1976 in Kampung Tupai, Teloi, Sik, Kedah, a northern state in Malaysia. When he was two years old, his family returned to their ancestral home in Bachok, Kelantan where his parents started an eatery and selling newspapers, magazines, novels and comics in a shop rented out by the Jelawat District Council. The reading materials sold at the shop exposed Abeyzoul to the world of visual arts. Popular Malay language based comics Mediaseni , Gila-Gila, Fantasi and Batu Api became references and stoked his interest from an early age of seven years old. Growing up as a teenager, the Roda-Roda (Wheels) magazine taught him substantially about motorcycle design. This craze later led him into the world of art and design. It is from this beginning coupled with his passionate interest for art and design that upon completing his secondary schooling, Abeyzoul applied to further his studies in the field of architecture at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in Skudai, Johor Bahru. Upon his graduation in 1998, he started his working life in several architectural consultancy agencies in the capital city, Kuala Lumpur, initially as an Assistant Architect at DBA Architect, later becoming a Landscape Designer at Seksan Design, a 3D Artist at Perunding Alam Bina, and currently as the Head of 3D Visual Arts Department at Zone Architect. The advent of the digital era marked a transition from the usually labourious manual work to the more efficient computer software based architectural design work. His excellent manual skills honed over the years were slowly put aside and forgotten. It was only in 2012 that he through a chance cyberspace acquaintance in Facebook got to know Pak Aris Aziz, an already popular and wellknown portrait painter. Through Pak Aris, Abeyzoul saw that the local visual arts scene in Malaysia was expanding at a fast pace. This encouraged him to establish contacts with other artists in the local art scene. He discovered that not all artists are fulltime professionals, some are doing it part-time , while others are mostly hobbyists. Abeyzoul’s interest in watercolour was fostered during his teenage years at Kampung Kraft Kota Baru Kelantan under the guidance of Cikgu Nawi Awang Lah, an arts teacher. It was at this point that Abeyzoul chose watercolour as his medium of choice.
His later acquaintances in 2012 with other watercolour-based artists such as Hisham Salmin and Jamal Tommy merely entrenched his love for the medium . Together they held a joint exhibition for the first time in Pameran 3 at New Straits Time Press Bangsar. The exhibition officially launched by well-known watercolourist Maamor Jantan became a success , and a turning point for Abeyzoul who has not looked back since. The exhibition also started a phenomena of growth in the watercolour art scene locally and spurred others such as Azman Nor to take up brush and paper. Raduan Norudin RN, an influential individual in the art scene was believed to have said, “from which cave did they emerge from?”. As a new kid on the block in watercolour, Abeyzoul achieved several notable successes, among them the Gold Award at Floria Putrajaya Art Competition in 2014, 1st prize winner at the Tanjung Malim Perak Pleinair Challenge and also at the Pleinair competition in Kuala Lipis Pahang. At the end of 2014, Abeyzoul started moving in a larger group called Gangsta Watakala. This loose group comprised of watercolour lovers from all levels. GW does not choose its members. If you are not intimidated by watercolour, then you are eligible to join.Facebook Instagram