Aely Manaf, who is based in Shah Alam, will hold his first solo exhibition at the HOM Art Trans gallery in Ampang.
The 42-year-old artist will exhibit 26 works on canvas including oil and mixed media.
His figurative compositions focus on human behavior and mysterious elements related to his life and working environment.
In this exhibition, he paints portraits of world icons such as Henri Matisse, Camille Pissaro, Jean Michel Basquiat, Francis Bacon, Mark Rothko, Pablo Piccaso, Alberto Giacometti, Claude Monet, Salvador Dali, Auguste Rodin, Georgia O'keeffe, Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock, Vanessa Bell and even singer-songwriter John Lennon.
Apparently, he aims to study their perspective in life and indulge in their philosophy.
In this show, he also embarks on a series of landscape compositions, which reflect on gratitude, spirituality and the creator. The works are titled as Puncak (Summit), Ground Zero, Flat Earth, Tenasserim, Semananjung Emas (Golden Peninsula), Pasak and Urfuk.
Aely is a self-taught artist who gained his knowledge from fellow artists. His works typically exhibit bold strokes with a palette technique that produces a thick, textural quality to his paintings.
The artworks range in size from 99cm by 82cm to 184cm by 213cm. Prices range from RM3,200 to RM11,800.