Muhammad Khairullah Bin Rahim

Strolling in the Park, acrylic on canvas, 40x40cm, 2013Khairullah's thoughts after his residency at Youkobo:

"Outdoor intimate hangouts that are frequented discreetly during the day or only at night by the gay community have remained largely unknown to the mainstream public in many parts of the world. In Queers in Space: Communities, Public places, and Sites of Resistance, Gordon Brent Ingram explained that gay men sometimes choose to make contact in outdoor sites as part of a complex response to and appropriation of the patriarchal dynamics of the gaze and spectacle. This kinkiness afforded by an open space often involves more multifaceted stimuli, such as light, panoramas, and nature, that are not so available in indoor privatised space. Sexual activities in these venues, when there is nowhere else to go, is often limited and of a short duration. 

Driven by my interest towards the dialogue concerning queer marginalisation experience, I illustrate engaging and sometimes challenging stories. During the course of this residency in Tokyo, Japan, I explored various cruising spots, such as the Shinjuku train station, infamous Kaikan men’s sauna, and obscure Wadabori Park. Factual events and personal experiences were fundamental in this body of artworks. Through this, the private sphere and the social realm have been intermingled, blurring reality and storytelling to create a discourse."
2013       BFA (First Class Honours) in Painting, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, with Goldsmiths, University of London
2009      Diploma in Fine Arts in Painting, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore

Selected Group Exhibitions
2013      Islands, Pocket Projects, INSTINC, Singapore
2013      Found, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Singapore
2013      City Dwellers: Urbanites of Tokyo, Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo, Japan
2013      No Approval, Grey Projects, Singapore
2013      Cross Encounters: A Collaboration of artists from Japan and Singapore, Japan Creative Centre, Embassy of Japan, Singapore
2013      ASIA CONTEMPORARY ART SHOW, JW Marriott Hotel, Hong Kong
2013      Have You Eaten?, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore
2012      Emerging Strokes—A Collective Of Eleven Singapore Artists, Millenia Walk, Singapore
2012      Five Stars Arising, One East Asia Arts Space, Singapore
2012      FEATURED ARTISTS @ Feast of the East, Boulder, USA
2011      The 50×50 Painting Show 2011: Squares Invasion, Instinct Gallery, Singapore
2011      Now You See It, Now You Don’t, Volvo Art Loft, Singapore
2011      Cliftons Art Prize Exhibition, CLIFTONS, Singapore
2011      Notes in Idolatry, Chan Hampe Tanjong Pagar Galleries, Singapore
2011      Young Art 2011, Sunworld Dynasty, Taiwan
2011      ASIA Top Gallery Art Fair, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
2010      Art Expo Malaysia 2010, MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2010      Seeing Is Believing, Asian Civilizations Museum, Singapore
2010      Obscure Desire, SUNJIN Galleries, Singapore
2010      Singapore, Our Heritage, Fill Your Walls Gallery, Singapore
2009      France + Singapore New Generation Artists, SG Private Banking Gallery, Alliance Francaise de Singapour, Singapore
2009      Red Light, Post Museum, Singapore

Awards & Achievements
2012      FUTURE LEADER Scholarship (Full), LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore
2011      Special Recognition Award, Light Space Time Gallery Painting Competition, USA
2011      People’s Choice Award, CLIFTONS Art Prize, Singapore
2009      1st Prize Winner, SLA Painting Competition, Singapore Land Authority
2009      Finalist, France + Singapore New Generation Artist, Alliance Francaise de Singapour

Artist Residencies
2013      Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo, Japan

Corporate Collections
“Remember 1849?”, Collection of Singapore Land Authority (SLA)

Artist Website