Noor Mahnun Mohamed

NOOR MAHNUN MOHAMED (b.1964, Kelantan) studied at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Braunschweig, Germany and graduated with a Masters in Fine Art (1996). In 2000 she was the Malaysian artist-in-residence at Rimbun Dahan, Kuang, Selangor. She was awarded the Italian Government Scholarship in 2003 to study printmaking at the International School of Print and Graphic Il Bisonte, Florence, Italy. In 2005 she was recipient of the Australian High Commission Kuala Lumpur Visual Arts Residency at Gunnery Studio, Sydney, Australia. She was curator at Valentine Willie Fine Art (2003–2005) and Arts Manager of the Rimbun Dahan Art Residency programme (2006–2012) in Kuang, Selangor. She has taught Art Criticism and Professional Studies at the Malaysian Institute of Art, and Visual Communication and Design courses at the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Built Environment & Science, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. She was granted the Asian Public Intellectual Fellowship (2012–2013), a programme funded by the Nippon Foundation Grant, which she spent in Japan to research printmaking. As a painter she has had several solo and group exhibitions, locally and abroad. Noor Mahnun is known for adapting an old technique of painting in a visual style that has been praised for its simplicity and meticulousness. Her work weaves subtle psychological narratives laced with a dark wit and emotional depth. She is currently delving into botanical illustrations of indigenous plants in relating to the traditional arts and culture of her home state Kelantan, Malaysia.