Absolut in a collaboration with Vallette Gallery launched the first in a series of art exhibitions which was held on the 9th of February 2015, featuring the “Four Fantastic”, a quartet of virtuosi originally brought together by a love of skateboarding, which blossomed into both friendships and artistic collaborations.
The Four Fantastic are Ahmad Fauzan bin Fuad, Azar Osman, Donald Abraham and Mohd Anuar bin Mustap. Stylistically, it could be said that the works presented defeat all normal interpretations of Malaysian Fine Art. The foursome’s artworks have distinct tokens of Western visual counter-cultures, stemming from previous decades, as well as a unique unconventionality, distinct and apart from all contemporaries.
There are hints, impressions of “Underground” comic books, skateboard designs and striking street art. Their works are reminiscent of the American artists Keith Haring and Jean-Michael Basquiat with hints of Charles Burn’s iconic comic book art, but there is also a dazzling Malaysian freshness to the world of Fine Art.
The private, intimate affair was hosted by Patrice Vallette, who said, “It gives me great pride to collaborate with Absolut to nurture and support local Malaysian artistic talent, in this case the “Four Fantastic”. It is a golden opportunity to highlight Malaysia in the international arts scene; this is not about mere branding, this is about creating a space for artists to work in and to thrive.”