2018 UOB Painting of the Year

3 Kawan (3 Friends)

Highly Commended
Established Artist Category


Artist: Husin Bin Othman
Title: 3 Kawan (3 Friends)
Medium: Mixed media on canvas (Acrylic, bitumen and charcoal)
Size (cm): 153 x 153

The scene in 3 Kawan (3 Friends) plays out at a local neighbourhood eatery, commonly referred to as a ‘warung’ in Malaysia.

Here, the artist seeks to showcase an intricate interplay of perspectives within a single canvas in his composition and use of colours. Three individuals occupy the ‘warung’ to depict Malaysia’s diverse community, values and perspectives, but all are living harmoniously and comfortably within the same environment. The comfort and familiarity of a local eatery captured charmingly in this scene add on to the message of harmony in diversity in this work.


Artist’s Bio

Husin Bin Othman

Husin Bin Othman

Mr Husin obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Art and Design from the MARA University of Technology (UiTM), Shah Alam, Malaysia in 2013. He previously won the 2014 UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia) – Most Promising Artist of the Year award in the Emerging Artist category, and his works have been exhibited in numerous exhibitions throughout Malaysia.