2018 UOB Painting of the Year

Red of Desire (I am Siti)

Emerging Artist Category


Artist: Nurhidayat Bin Arshad
Title: Red of Desire (I am Siti)
Medium: Mixed media on canvas (Acrylic and texture paste)
Size (cm): 122 x 92

Red of Desire (I am Siti) depicts the artist’s perspective on modern teenage girls.

“Siti” is a common name given to girls to denote gentle and kind characters, which contrasts with the seemingly surly and rebellious nature of the subject portrayed here. Through his surrealistic painting style, the artist conveys the notion that the behaviour of teenagers today is contrary to the values that they are expected to live up to. The colourful background suggests that the uncustomary behaviour of young adults is largely a result of the environment in which they grow up in, the emphasis made even stronger with the artist’s choice of bold colours.

Artist’s Bio

Nurhidayat Bin Arshad

Nurhidayat Bin Arshad

Mr Nurhidayat graduated from the MARA University of Technology (UiTM), Malaysia in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art. He has participated in various group exhibitions in Malaysia, and recently decided to pursue art as a full time career.