As on stage comedy is played out, so too in the paintings for his anticipated solo debut next month titled Satire in Paint. A theatre for a jester. Nurazmal’s paintings are quiet. Still, the colours are soft thinned out layers capturing comical situations set against eerie austere settings. In one, a seated conversation, another an overheard conversation each with overtones of dread, disappointment, veiled with dark humour; seated clown dolls and hand puppets are ironically interpolated into what are otherwise mundane events. In one painting entitled ‘HELLO’ there is utter seriousness on the faces of the people deep in conversation. Each of the objects, the present, the note and the dead clown are pieces of a puzzle that suggest once pieced together tell a story of what has just transpired.
In other works larger than life painted self portraits laughingly stare out from the canvas enticing you like an expert jester ready to entertain. The scale of these painted facial expressions fill the entire canvas, corner to corner demanding attention menacingly yet comically as you stand reminded of the image’s existence within a two dimensional boundary.Nurazmal’s work is refreshingly far removed from what one is usually confronted with in art, no torturous painful images or politically loaded instruction. Out is the intellectual high brow meanings we are often left to interpret. What are on show are clever paintings that suggest we should be inwardly laughing with the artist.