2018 UOB Painting of the Year

Rites of Passage

2018 UOB Painting of the Year
Established Artist Category


Artist: Khairulddin Bin Abdul Wahab
Title: Rites of Passage
Medium: Acrylic on linen
Size (cm): 130 x 180

Rite of Passage is derived from an image of an oil bath ritual that is practised in Silat Gayong, a style of martial arts. Practitioners would plunge their hands in boiling oil and rub it over their exposed bodies, a physical, mental and spiritual test of one’s ability to harness unseen or ‘mystical’ forces to withstand pain.

The concept of an unseen world where forces of good and evil can influence and impact physical existence is a belief found in various spiritual teachings. Rite of Passage represents this world where hidden forces come together with the physical domain through a ceremony that opens a passage where one can only pass through self-surrender.

Artist’s Bio

Khairulddin Bin Abdul Wahab

Khairulddin Bin Abdul Wahab

Mr Khairulddin has participated in various local and international group exhibitions since 2010. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore in 2014 where he also won the Winston Oh Travel Research Art Award.