M'sian Bakat List #9: Meet The Entrepreneur-Artist Who Turns Metal Into Art Masterpieces

Sculpting at its finest.

Cover image via The Malay Mail

Sculptures made from wood and stone are common but sculptures made entirely out of metal or steel are not something you see every day

A metal rooster!

Image via Nizamsculpturestudio

Meet Nizam Abdullah, a local sculptor famous for his metal sculptures. The Limkokwing alumni's work has been featured in local and international art galleries.

Abdullah posing with one of his sculptures

Image via The Malaymail

"I chose to do metal sculpturing because of the 3D look it achieves. The texture of the sculpture is also very different from other sculptures made from other materials", said Abdullah who graduated from Limkokwing University in 2004 as a fine arts student majoring in metal sculptures with a minor in painting.

One of Abdullah's sculptures on display at a cafe in Publika

Image via Nizamsculpturestudio

Over the years, he has won many accolades including second place at the International Landscape and Garden and a feature at the International OITA Sculpture in Japan.

After his graduation, Abdullah worked as a lecturer at his alma mater for three years before setting up his own studio - Nazimabdullah Studio - back in 2012

Nazimabdullah Studio

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While Abdullah is not the first metal sculptor in Malaysia, he's one of first few to set up his own business. “You can call me an entrepreneur-artist. It's all about being street smart,” he said in an interview with The Malay Mail.

The first metal sculpture he made that sparked off the idea for the business was his rooster series

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"The series is my personal artwork that is meant for exhibition and collectors. I made 20 different types of roosters with different finishings for this series. I chose the rooster because it is my Chinese animal zodiac. I’m also a metal rooster hence the use of the material in this sculpture,” he said.

Sculpting a rooster out of metal is not an easy feat too. “It's pretty challenging to bend metal, which is a hard, physical material and turn it into a soft look and flow of an actual rooster body,” he said.

At his studio, Abdullah and his team work day and night to come out with custom designs for clients

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The pricing for each design depends highly on the complexity and finish of the work. Aside from stainless steel, he also uses industrial parts like pipes and zinc.

Abdullah's work has since expanded to interior design. He now uses his expertise in sculpting to create modern and functional furniture for the home and office.

Some of the types of furniture Abdullah created

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Unlike sculpting, Abdullah makes sure that the materials are altered to suit the functional characteristics of a furniture.

For more awesome sculptures, do follow Abdullah on Facebook!

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