2019 UOB Painting of the Year

Tulang Belut (Eel Bone)

Established Artist Category


Artist: Haslin Bin Ismail
Title: Tulang Belut (Eel Bone)
Medium: Mixed media on canvas (Acrylic, Chinese ink, pencil and paper collage)
Size (cm): 122 x 153

Tulang Belut (Eel Bone) is created using a stitching technique used in traditional Malay clothing. The artist uses interfacing fabric, a type of material used by tailors to stick fabric together to create an artwork that reflects the value of tradition, family and the will to overcome adversity. The artwork pays homage to the craft of the artist’s tailor parents, through the traditional Baju Melayu. It is also his self-reflection on the strong family relationships that shaped him today.

Artist’s Bio

Haslin Bin Ismail

Haslin Bin Ismail

Mr Haslin graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor, Malaysia in 2007. In 2011, he was awarded the Grand Prize of Bakat Muda Sezaman (Young Art Contemporaries) by the National Art Gallery of Malaysia. He has also participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Singapore and Malaysia.