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Suzlee Ibrahim: 

 Traveling Abstract

Art Malaysia  Issue 13 (May-June 2011)

Title: Monsoon Series, Road To The Desert (Masterpiece)

Acrylic & Oil on Canvas,150 x 300 cm, 2009

 

Born in Kuala Terengganu in 1967, Suzlee Ibrahim is one of the nation's most notable abstract expressionism painters. His star continues to rise; also a lecturer and traveler, Suzlee's wide understanding and network of art beyond our borders is translated in riots of colours and brushstrokes on canvas.

      In his childhood, Suzlee would often see his father doing craftwork; drawing before he constructed. That is how Suzlee's love for drawing began. “My father wanted me to be an architect and my mother wanted me to be a teacher, but I wanted to be an artist!”

      Suzlee received his formal art education in 1987 from Institut Teknologi MARA (now Universiti Teknologi MARA) and worked in an advertising agency. He then delved into the music industry where he illustrated covers for CD albums that needed a surrealist style. This interest in surrealism led to a love for abstract art.

      “A rock group called May requested me to do an illustration of a big clock hanging in the sky, with a volcano in the earth,” recalls Suzlee, “From there, I produced surrealism but at times I didn't like to follow instructions as it made me feel bored.” Constantly catering to clients' needs soon became unbearable for Suzlee, who switched careers to teaching, which he is doing to this day. His last position in commercial art was as a Visual & Art Director.

      When Suzlee returned to his hometown in Terengganu, he chanced upon a newspaper article about turtle poaching. “I felt saddened, so I painted the turtle, depicting it with only brushstrokes. You could still see the turtle's form, but sometimes it disappears entirely, and  became abstract. This is how my movement series began in 1994.” That year, he had already begun teaching. He later joined Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) in 1997, teaching Fine Art. In the same year, Suzlee had an encounter that would change his art.

 

 

: Suzlee & Robert Ruschenberg 

       “In 1997, I met Robert Rauschenberg and spoke with him,” Suzlee shares, “He was here to do an exhibition, having travelled all over the world and going to so many countries. I fell in love with painting because of Rauschenberg, I wanted to be like him and worked hard to achieve that. Though Malaysia is a small country, but the inspiration he gave was so big.” So inspired, after teaching Suzlee would return home to paint into the am's.The fruit of his efforts was his first solo exhibition in 1998.

Seeing More of the World

      The next big event in Suzlee's life was in1999 when he moved to England to accompany his wife who was furthering her studies there. With only the barest of basics in the English language, Suzlee settled in Birmingham and became a full-time artist. As he picked up the language, he met many artists from around the world and in the year 2000, began exhibiting overseas. Prior, he had never had an international exhibition, except in Singapore.

      “The art environment in England is very different; they appreciate art very much. I travelled from Birmingham to London almost every 2 weeks. I worked part-time at McDonald's to  buy art materials and travel to the Tate Modern and surrounding galleries.” There, he saw for the first time, actual deKoonings and Pollocks; “Before I had only seen them in books, so seeing the real things changed my life.”

     By the year 2000 his paintings were selling and in 2002 he travelled to Denmark, Germany and Holland for 40 days. “I met a big collector in Frankfurt and he invited me to see his collection that comprised of Dali and Max Ernst, amongst others, all underground in his house. He told me the value of his collection and it convinced me that I could survive as a full-time artist.” Nevertheless, Suzlee decided to continue teaching while painting.

     Since then, Suzlee has had 18 solos and is now preparing for his 19th. Like his idol Rauschenberg, Suzlee's works are widely exhibited; England, USA, Denmark, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, Brazil, Cuba, Spain, Canada, China, Japan, Argentina, Greece, Poland, UAE, Australia, Bangladesh and Nepal. He is also active as a competition judge, curator and advisor on art.

     Upon returning to Malaysia in 2001, Suzlee continued to upkeep and build up his networking: “Every Christmas I send cards, and I am very active in mail art. That way, we can exchange ideas and artworks; if they invite me to contribute for an exhibition, I can send my mail art. To this day, I have amassed five thousand artworks in mail art sizes; A3 and the largest in A2.” Clearly, art is also an investment for Suzlee.

     “Networking is a very important thing. If you want to be good, you must have international-level networking,” Suzlee stresses, “In 2005, I was invited by Emaar properties to paint 9 paintings at the Marina Dubai. While in Dubai, I met the organizer of Artists Respond Globally, of which I became a member.”

    Having lectured in UiTM for 16 years, Suzlee then joined the National Academy of Arts, Culture & Heritage (ASWARA), “There are students of many races and I am very comfortable and happy here.” ASWARA has even provided him his own well-lit studio space.


 Title: Movement Series, Drum Beat (Masterpiece)

Acrylic & Oil on Canvas,

(1999/2002)

 

 

Painting Emotions & Experiences

    Many of Suzlee's series are based on his travels, “For me, moving from one place to another gives me new ideas. When I went to Tokyo I produced the Sakura series and  when I visited the Great Wall, I produced the Wall series... the Sahara is my latest destination and series.”

     After the Movement series, Suzlee embarked on the Belantara series (2003), Space series (2005/2006), Foundation series (2006), Ombak series (2007) inspired by the sound of crashing waves, Batik series (2007/2008), Root series (2008), Sakura series (2008/2009), Wall series (2008/2009), Melody series (2009) inspired by music, the Monsoon series (2009/2010) was full of coldness while the parallel Sahara series (2010) is fiery and restless.

     The Movement series remains special to Suzlee as it is “one that came deeper from my heart.” he has thought constantly of the plea of the turtles and it resulted in a deep conviction to love nature and animals. “My artist statement then was that movement is life; every living thing moves. Series such as Sahara is geographically inspired, just from my brief experience of it, but the Movement series is from my heart.”

     The road as an artist was not all smooth sailing for Suzlee; one of the biggest storms in his art career was caused by someone he respected and admired. “There was a year when I did not produce a single painting. An ex-lecturer whom I respected had suggested to me to switch to another genre when he found out that I was actively producing abstract art. His reasoning was that even kids could paint abstract art. I was upset that someone with his qualifications couldn't believe in art.” Fortunately, Suzlee's then-girlfriend encouraged him to continue doing what he believed in, for despite that lecturers qualifications, who bought his art? “Now that the National Art Gallery and Bank Negara collects my paintings, I have proven myself. However, I lost connection with him as I do not want to be connected with people like that.” As shown, an artist's emotional constitution can be very fragile, and especially for one who 'throws his emotions on canvas'.

 Title: Sahara Series, Golden Land ii

Acrylic & Oil on Canvas,

(2010)

 

 

1+1 doesn't necessarily mean 2

     Suzlee's reason for painting abstract art is that: “[It] is something that everyone can appreciate and understand using their own knowledge and feelings. For me, there is no need to understand the meaning behind the painting or to go deeper into it, because only the artist knows what he is doing. Viewer's need only feel it.” In accordance, Suzlee likes to say that “Art is not 1+1=2. It is not straightforward.”

     “I've been in the art scene for 24 years and found that abstract is very difficult to produce because of changing emotions; you keep changing colours depending on how you feel one day to the next.” This is why Suzlee loves to listen to music while he paints, though sometimes he needs total quiet, depending on his mood. “But I try to paint everyday. Even if I don't go into my studio, I will do a small sketch, sometimes with just a pen. But painting larger sized canvases gives me more freedom and relaxation, and I also love working in large sizes, normally up to 10 feet.”

    Suzlee divulges that his new series is not on canvas: “I want to move to another medium to produce something different from the previous. Normally I will just change the colours and textures but now I want a new surface.” Accordingly, Suzlee is now working on something very different indeed: painting on fibreglass sculpture. This is for a Singaporean event called Elephant parade, which involves a hundred artists from around the world (of which 5 are Malaysian) and includes an auction on 11/11/11.

     Suzlee prefers to be known as a painter than a lecturer, as “lecturers impart ideas but painting is producing something.” When asked if he enjoyed teaching, Suzlee replies: “If I stayed in my studio 10 hours a day, I need to talk to someone to rest my mind. Teaching is important as I am able to throw ideas at my students and their questions spur my mind to think of new ideas and techniques. Sometimes, they give me inspiration, I even ask them to critique my works. For me, discussion is also important, whether with students or friends, in fact my wife is my big critic also.” Every few weeks, Suzlee invites friends to his studio to seek opinions for his work. “If I only do what I think is right, I can't improve, so at least I need to know what other artists think about my work. If you have good artwork but you can't market it, it's no use. Artists must share their art and be close to galleries.”

     On that note, Suzlee says that one of the most difficult aspects in his artistic career was marketing his artwork. “In the early days, in a year sometimes I don't even sell a single painting.” Another difficulty was that international galleries require artists to be represented by a local gallery, which is why Suzlee began to work exclusively with Pink Guy gallery. Such an arrangement also prevents scams: “I was once invited for a group exhibition in Slovenia through someone online. I sent my paintings but after the exhibition, when I wanted my paintings back and contacted them they said they cannot speak English! Four paintings gone!”

2005: Suzlee in his studio 


 

Methods in Abstract Expressionism

      So how does Suzlee paint? “The first thing I do is find a subject matter,” he explains, “Whether textures on the brick wall or the landscape of the Sahara. I make a few hundred sketches and then I select a few to transfer to an illustration board, as large as A2 size. Then I will choose again to transfer to the canvas.”

      This methodical and selective process to produce such expressive and seemingly spontaneous artwork, perhaps reflects Suzlee's commercial art background. “Sketches are very important for me, but normally the final product is not the same as the sketch because your mind is always thinking new things during the process. I let my mind be whatever it wants, do whatever it wishes.” Sketches are the key to start the ignition: “You have to plan what you want to produce; anything you want to do, you must prepare. Without sketches, I face my blank canvas and don't know what to paint!”

      Suzlee learned about abstract art by studying three artists “I love the spontaneity of Jackson Pollock, the brushstrokes of de Kooning and Franz Kline's composition. I've always refered to these artists, but now I've already established my own stlye.”

      In Suzlee's point of view, the art industry in Malaysia is looking better and better, “Twenty years ago, it was difficult to find a gallery. The fact that universities offer Fine Art means there is a market for that, and parents are much more open to letting their children study art. The market is not difficult to break into, especially with the internet and so many art collectors and companies wishing to buy art for investment.” Suzlee also notes how the government has allocated large funds for the creative industries.

     Suzlee's concluding words is something he always tells his students: “To have a future in art, you need to look forward but you must also look behind to the past as a reference.”

 

Suzlee is represented by and contactable via PinkGuy Art Gallery.

 

Teks by Nikki Liaw (biteconcepts@gmail.com)

 

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- BIOGRAPHY  /  CV -

SUZLEE IBRAHIM

Kuala Lumpur
MALAYSIA


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Grants / Residencies / Workshop

2002: 10th International Workshop for Visual Artists, Remise Academy (Remisen), Brande, DENMARK
 
2005: Emaar International Art Symposium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates / UAE
 
2006: Malaysia-Poland International Painting Workshop, Faculty of Art & Design, MARA University of Technology, Shah Alam, MALAYSIA
 
2006: Peti Seni Di Sini, Laman Seni Kuala Lumpur, National Art Gallery, KUALA LUMPUR (1- 28 Feb 2006)
 
2007: Japan-Malaysia World Arts & Culture Exhibition for Friendship in 2007 (Art Workshop), MATIC, KUALA LUMPUR (29 July 2007)

2008: Art For Earth Aid (Art Workshop) Taito Hall, Tokyo, JAPAN (29 March 2008)
 
2010: The 8th International Visual Arts Festival in Monastir, Monastir, TUNISIA (20-30 Sept 2010)

2011: Malaysia-France International Painting Workshop (MAFE) Art Workshop, Galeri Aswara, National Academy of Arts, Culture & Heritage (ASWARA), KUALA LUMPUR (12-15 July 2011)


2012: Ausrtia-Malaysia Art Friendship Workshop, Pangkor Island Beach Resort, PERAK (17-20 Oct. 2012)

 


Membership

1990
- Member of the Persatuan Pelukis Malaysia (PPM)

1997
- Member of the Angkatan Pelukis Semenanjung (APS)

2000
- Member of The Friends Institute Life Study Group, Moseley Road, Highgate, Birmingham, ENGLAND
 
2000/01
- Member of the friends of Bankside Gallery, London, ENGLAND; (Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of   Painter-Printmakers)
- Member  of the friends of The City Gallery, Leicester, ENGLAND

2005
- Member of the Kelab Seni Lukis Hulu Langat, Selangor
- Member of the Avisen-Avk Art Gallery, Rodby, DENMARK
- Member of The Millennium Art Gallery, Vancouver, CANADA

2006
- Member of The CONNEX24H Artists, Kangasto, FINLAND

2007
- Membership of The International Miniart Exchange Group, Porto Alegre, BRAZIL

2010
- Membership of The ARG Group (ARG-Artists Respond Globally), Chicago, USA

2011:
- Member of The One Million Pink, Chicago, USA
 
2012
- Member of The International Society of Assemblage and Collage Artists, Pagosa Springs, Colarado, USA
- Member of MRM /Majlis Rekabentuk Malaysia (Malaysia Design Council), Wisma MBSA, Shah Alam SELANGOR

 

 

Appointed Judge for Art Competition/ Invited Speaker

1997:
- Appointed Judge for 60th Anniversary Utusan Group Logo Competition, KUALA LUMPUR

1998:
- Invited as a Panelist for ‘Bicara Seni’ Expression Exhibition 98, Ipoh, PERAK

2001:
- Appointed Judge for Art Competition, PKNS Complex (Bandar Baru Bangi), Kajang, SELANGOR

2003:
- Appointed Judge for Art Competition, MPPJ (Hari Kitar Semula), PJ, SELANGOR

- Appointed Judge for Art Competition, Recycle Campaign and 3rd Anniversary Shah Alam Bandaraya, Shah Alam, SELANGOR

2004:
- Protem Committee, AD Reunion, National Art Gallery, KUALA LUMPUR
- Invited Speaker, Visual Art Workshop 2004, UKM, Bangi, SELANGOR
- Invited Speaker, KL Fashion Week (Sulaman Kreatif), Legend Hotel, KUALA LUMPUR

2005:
- Art Talk (Dubai Experience), Galeri Seni, UiTM, Shah Alam, SELANGOR
- Art Talk (International Workshop), Children of Art, UBU, KUALA LUMPUR
- Appointed Judge for Art Competition, ‘Good Agriculture‘, Kementerian Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani Malaysia, Putrajaya, WILAYAH PERSEKUTUAN

2006:
- Appointed Judge for Art Competition : 'Warisan Terengganu', Muzium Terengganu, TERENGGANU
- Appointed Judge for Art Competition : 'KENYIR', Ketengah, TERENGGANU

2007:
- Appointed Judge for Art Competition : 'Citra Terengganu', Muzium Terengganu, TERENGGANU
- Appointed Judge for Art Competition : 'Memahat Sejarah Mencipta Tamadun', Muzium Terengganu, TERENGGANU
- Invited Speaker, Sculpture Workshop (MRSM), AnCasa Hotel, KUALA LUMPUR

2008:
- Appointed Judge for Art Competition/ Exhibition: Shah Alam Open 2008, Shah Alam Gallery, Shah Alam, SELANGOR
- Appointed Judge for Art Competition: Terengganu Open 2008, Muzium Terengganu, TERENGGANU
 
2009:
- Appointed Judge for Art Competition/ Exhibition: Shah Alam Open 2009, Shah Alam Gallery, Shah Alam, SELANGOR
- Invited as a Panelist ‘Curriculum Brainstorming’ (Faculty of Art & Design, Universiti Industri Selangor), Straits Meridian Hotel, MALACCA
- Appointed Judge for Poster Competition, SME Bank, Menara SME, KUALA LUMPUR

2010:
- Appointed Judge for MMK0910, University Malaya, KUALA LUMPUR
- Appointed Judge for Selangor Young Talent Awards 2010, Dewan Sivik Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya, SELANGOR
- Visiting Lecturer, ‘Program Seni Budaya’, Pusat Perkembangan Profesional INTAN, Bukit Kiara, KUALA LUMPUR
- Invited Lecturer, Figure Drawing (Short Course), National Academy of Arts, Culture & Heritage,  KUALA LUMPUR
- Appointed Judge for Art Competition/ Exhibition: Shah Alam Open 2010, Shah Alam Gallery, Shah Alam, SELANGOR
- Appointed Judge for Art Competition; Terengganu Open 2010, Muzium Terengganu, TERENGGANU
- Appointed Judge for Art Competition/ Exhibition : ‘Media Seni  IX’, Dewan Tunku Canselor, Universiti Malaya, KUALA LUMPUR

2011:
- Invited Lecturer, Figure Drawing (Short Course), National Academy of Arts, Culture & Heritage,  KUALA LUMPUR
- Visiting lecturer, ‘Program Seni Budaya’, Pusat Perkembangan Profesional INTAN, Bukit Kiara, KUALA LUMPUR
- Invited Speaker ‘Cadangan Inisiatif Pembugaran Mata Pelajaran Pendidikan Seni Visual Di Sekolah Rendah dan Menengah’, Bahagian Teknologi Pendidikan Negeri Selangor,Seksyen 13, Shah Alam, SELANGOR
- Appointed Judge for for ‘Bakat i Lukisan’, Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM), Angkasapuri, KUALA LUMPUR
- Appointed Judge for Selangor Young Talent Awards 2011, Dewan MBSA, Shah Alam, SELANGOR
- Art Talk (Action Painting), Center Point, Kuantan, PAHANG
- Invited Lecturer for Four Days Abstract Painting Workshop, National Academy of Arts, Culture & Heritage,  KUALA LUMPUR

2012 :
- Invited Judge, Hari Kesenian & Kebudayaan Citra Legasi, Dewan Serbaguna Intan, INTAN, Bukit Kiara, LUALA LUMPUR (25 Mar 2012)
- Visiting lecturer, ‘Program Seni Budaya’, Pusat Perkembangan Profesional INTAN, Bukit Kiara, LUALA LUMPUR (Jan - Mar 2012)
- Invited Speaker, Seminar & Bengkel (Painting & Scupture) utk Guru-Guru MRSM, Institut Latihan MARA, Jawi, PENANG (16-20 April 2012)
- Invited as a Panelist, ‘Bahasa Melayu Dalam Lukisan Impressionnisme Daeng Ramli Akil’, DBP Gallery, DBP, KUALA LUMPUR (20 Jun 2012)
- Appointed Judge for Art Competition; Citra Terengganu 2012, Muzium Terengganu, TERENGGANU (23-25 Jun 2012)
- Invited Curator, Ausrtia-Malaysia Art Friendship Workshop, Pangkor Island Beach Resort, PERAK (17-20 Oct. 2012)

 


Solo Exhibitions

1998
: Movement Series I, Shah Alam Gallery, Shah Alam, SELANGOR

1999
: The Notion of Gesture, Elm Quay Fine Arts Gallery, KUALA LUMPUR

2000
: Movement Series III, The City Gallery, Leicester, ENGLAND

2001
: Movement Series-UK; Galeriseni, FSSR, UiTM, Shah Alam, SELANGOR
: Movement Series V, Shah Alam Gallery, Shah Alam, S SELANGOR
: Movement Series VI, Main Lobby, Balai Berita, NSTP, LUALA LUMPUR

2002
: Open Studio I: Artist Studio, Jalan Mempari, Meru, Klang, SELANGOR
 
2003
: Open Studio II: Artist Studio, Jalan Mempari, Meru, Klang, SELANGOR
 
2004
: Open Studio III: Artist Studio, Jalan Mempari, Meru, Klang, SELANGOR
: Artists Space, Concorde Hotel, Shah Alam, SELANGOR

2005
: Recent paintings, Maya Gallery, Bangsar, LUALA LUMPUR

2006
: Foundation, Gemarimba Gallery, Bukit Tunku, LUALA LUMPUR

2007
: Artist Collection I, Galeri Pusat Kebudayaan, Dectar, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, SELANGOR
: Artist Collection II, Artists Space, Concorde Hotel Shah Alam, SELANGOR
 
2009
: RED Wall, Shah Alam Gallery, Shah Alam, SELANGOR
 
2010
: Monsoon Series, PINKGUY Art Gallery, LUALA LUMPUR
: Variety 1,  Subang Olives, Subang Jaya, SELANGOR

2011
: Road To Sahara, Muzium Seni Asia University of Malaya, LUALA LUMPUR
: Waterfall, Malaysia Tourism Centre, Ampang, LUALA LUMPUR

2012
: KINGDOM, PINKGUY Art Gallery, KUALA LUMPUR

 

Selected Exhibition/ Activities

87-91:
- Exhibitions at the FSSR, Institut Teknologi Mara, Shah Alam, SELANGOR

88:
- Longest Painting, Federal Territory Day, Jln. Raja Laut, KUALA LUMPUR

89:
- Largest Painting (CHOGM) Dataran Merdeka, KUALA LUMPUR

90:
- Contemporary Young Talents, National Art Gallery, KUALA LUMPUR

91:
- Contemporary Young Talents, National Art Gallery, KUALA LUMPUR

93:
- Sedetik Satu Ekspresi, Creative Center, National Art Gallery, KUALA LUMPUR

94:
- Young Talents, National Bank, KUALA LUMPUR

95:
- Lembaran 95, Petronas Gallery, KUALA LUMPUR

96:
- The Colour Eruption of Trio (Three Man Show), Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, KUALA LUMPUR

97:
- APS Exhibition ( Peninsular Group of Artists) , Petronas Gallery, KUALA LUMPUR

98:
- Malaysian Experience (APEC), Putra World Trade Centre, KUALA LUMPUR

99:
- Art Deco, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, KUALA LUMPUR

2000:
- Toast, Open Exhibition, Buckenham Galleries, Suffolk, ENGLAND
- Figure Drawing, Friends Institute, Birmingham, ENGLAND
- An Exhibition of Malaysian and European Art, Elm Quay Fine Art, KUALA LUMPUR
 2001:
- Arus (an art exhibition of Malaysian Contemporary Paintings 1961-2000/ Dato’ Syed Ahmad Jamal, Jolly Koh, Abdul Latiff Mohidin, Tew Nai Tong, Khalil Ibrahim, Mansor Ghazalli, Yusof Ghani, Rahmat Ramli & Suzlee Ibrahim), Sunjin Galleries, SINGAPORE
- Manusia, NN Gallery, KUALA LUMPUR
- Open Show 2001, National Art Gallery, KUALA LUMPUR

2002:
- AOR: 10 World Artists, Noosa Gallery, QLD 4565, AUSTRALIA
- Spring Award Bled 2002, Bled, SLOVENIA
- Group Exhibition, The City Hall, Brande, DENMARK

2003:
- Expressions of Putrajaya, Shangri La Hotel, Putrajaya, MALAYSIA
- VISION II, Guests Gallery, Lilburn, Georgia, USA
- Keamanan dan Keharmonian Kehidupan, Kris Mas Gallery, DBP, KUALA LUMPUR

2004:
- Group Exhibition: Expedition Tasik Banding, Maya Gallery, Bangsar, KUALA LUMPUR
- FIVE, Darling Muse Gallery, Bangsar, KUALA LUMPUR
- Pameran Cetusan Islam, UKM, Bangi, MALAYSIA

2005:
- International Art Symposium, Dubai, UAE
- After Hiroshima : Nuclear Imaginaries, Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, ENGLAND
- “Republic of Artists“, Wifredo Lam gallery, Havana, CUBA
- "DREAM-CREATION 2005" Social Cultural Center, Volksbad Buckau, Magdeburg, GERMANY
- The Masters Mystery Art Show 2005, Ritz Carlton Miami Beach, Florida, USA

2006:
- After Hiroshima: Nuclear Imaginaries, Millais Gallery, Southampton Solent University, ENGLAND
- Psychedelic, The “Consulate of Culture” Society, Elassona, GREECE
-"Art for Chelmek", Gallery “Dwór Zieleniewskich”, Trzebinia, ul. J. Pi3sudskiego 47a, Chelmek, POLAND
- The Art of Transtlation, Center of Translation Studies, The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX, USA
- The 2006 Third edition of the Masters' Mystery Art Show, Ritz Carlton Miami Beach, Florida, USA

2007:
- Future Vision: The Art of Science Fiction Mail Art, Anderson Gallery, 1323 J Street., Modesto, California, USA (5 - 24 February 2007)
- FIAT 500, Galeria d'arte ATREBATES, Via De Amicia, Dozza, ITALY (18 March - 8 April 2007)
- Wishing You Were Here ,The Arts Council of Greater New Haven Small Space Gallery (in conjunction with the International Festival of Art and Ideas and Audubon Art on the Edge), New Haven, CT, USA (9 May - 27 June 2007)
- Postcard From the Edge, James Cohan Gallery, 533 West 26th St (between 10th & 11th Ave), New York, USA (30 November - 2 December 2007‏
- The 2007 Forth Edition of the Masters' Mystery Art Show (concurrently with Art Basel Miami Beach 2007), Ritz Carlton Miami Beach, One Lincoln Road South Beach, Florida, USA (6 December 2007)

2008:
- Art For Earth Aid Exhibition, Taito Hall, Tokyo, JAPAN (25 – 30 March, 2008)
- 1000 Artists Exhibition (1000 ARTISTI A PALAZZO), World Museum, Palazzo Arese Jacini - P.za Arese, 12 20031 Cesano Maderno (Milano), ITALY (23 April 2008)
- Ten, NYVA's Winter Show, Papermill Gallery, Todmorden Mills, Toronto, CANADA (3 - 14 Dec 2008)
- Guangzhou International Art Fair, Guangzhou Jinhan Exhibition Centre, Guangzhou, CHINA (11 - 15 Dec 2008)
- Change, Galerie Colognialwaren, Berlin, GERMANY (Dec 2008)

2009:
- ‘Art for Life’, (Hendry Butcher Charity Art Auction), Royal Selangor Golf Club, Kuala Lumpur (28 Feb 2009)
- ART DUBAI, Dubai, UAE (17 – 19 March 2009)
- I MISS HIM SO MUCH: Our Hearts For Yours Art Charity Fundraiser, Galeri Chandan, Bukit Damansara, KUALA LUMPUR (30 Sept - 12 Oct 2009)
- 20 Years Since The Fall Of The Wall, Prenzlauer Berg-Museum, Prenzlauer Allee, Berlin, GERMANY (21 Nov 2009 - 7 Feb 2010)
- ‘No to Violance, Yes to Creativity – The Limits”, The Pedagogic School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, GREECE. (1 – 11 Dec. 2009)

2010:
- My RED NUMBER, Medieval Gallery, TRADEM Craiova, ROMANIA (11 - 24 June 2010)
- ‘The 8th International Visual Arts Festival, Les Palmiers Hotel, Monastir, TUNISIA (20 – 30 Sept 2010)
- My Own Backyard I can See the World: The Prequel (ARG Exhibition), Zhou B. Center (1st Floor Gallery) , Chicago, USA (14- 17 Oct 2010)
- Mail Us Art, Centrum Kultury Zamek, Wroclaw, Poland (15 Oct – 30 Nov 2010)
- Masters’ Mystery Art Show 2010, Ritz-Carlton South Beach, Miami Beach, FL 33199, USA (2 Dec 2010)

2011:
- Postcard From the Edge, CRG Gallery, 548 W 22nd St, New York, USA (7 – 9 Jan 2011)
- Anything Goes (5th Annual International), Courtyard Gallery,Asheville, North Carolina, USA (10 Sept 2011)
- Got Art? Speyer Hall (Organised by The Creative Center), University Settlement, Eldridge Street, New York, USA (23 Sept 2011)
- Drawing Connections, Siena Art Institute, Via Tommaso Pendola, 37, Siena, ITALY. (24 Sept  - 28 Oct 2011)  
- Tribute To John Lennon, Galeria Arte Sílvia Soares, Vila Nova de Gaia, PORTUGAL (3-31 Dec 2011)

2012:
- 4x4/4x6 (Legacy Campaign Event), The Colorado Mesa University Art Gallery, Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO, USA (20 Feb– 23 Mar 2012)
- 'Sketch book Project Tour 2012', Brooklyn Art Library, 103A N. 3rd St., Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA (April 15th-29th, 2012)
- 'Sketch book Project Tour 2012', Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615, USA (May 4th-5th, 2012)
- 'Sketch book Project Tour 2012', SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101, USA (Exhibition: July 12th-14th, 2012)
- 6x6x2012, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY, USA (2 June – 15 July 2012)

 

2013:

- Postcards from the Edge 2013, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, NY, USA (25-27 Jan 2013)

 

Publications

- 2 January 1996; From Sir with Love;The Arts; The Sun
 -19 Disember 1996; Harta Seniman Wajar Dipulihara; Sastera & Budaya; Berita Harian
- 2 Januari 1997; Keprihatinan Alam Sekitar Di Tangan Suzlee; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 7 Mac 1998; Protes Sosial Dalam Movement Series; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 22 April 1998; Pameran Ekspresi ’98 Tekan Isu Kemanusiaan; Sastera & Budaya; Berita Harian
- 4 Julai 1996; Dua Sahabat Bergabung Tenaga, Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- Julai 1998; Pameran Solo Abstrak Ekspresionis Tulen Suzlee Ibrahim; Seniman Bulan Ini; Karya; Utusan Publications
- 29 Oktober 1998; Pameran Besar Besaran Sempena Sidang Apec; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 16 Febuari 1999; Suzlee Anjur Pameran Solo Kedua; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 20 Febuari 1999; Seni Kanvas Mengheret Suzlee Kepada Movement Series; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 4 March 1999; Classic Style of 20th Century; Art Scene; Star Metro;The Star
- 3 April 1999; Suzlee,The Notion Of Gesture Karya Terbaru; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 26 April 2002; Pameran Solo Suzlee Di Galeri Seni; Sastera & Budaya; Berita Harian
- 4 May 2001; Artist on The Move; Arts & Theatre; The Malay Mail
- 12 Mei 2001; Karya Suzlee Ada Perubahan; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 28 Julai 2001; Ekspresionisme Sentuhan Suzlee Semakin Ketara; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 7 September 2001; Suzlee to Hold Exhibition at Balai Berita;The Malay Mail
- 8 September 2001; Lecturer to Hold Solo Art Exhibition at Balai Berita; National; New Straits Times
- 11 September 2001; Suzlee Buat Pameran Solo; Sastera & Budaya; Berita Harian
- 21 September 2001; Galeri Suzlee Di Balai Berita; Sastera & Budaya; Berita Harian
- 29 Disember 2001; Suzlee Karyanya Semakin Unik; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 21 April 2002; Suzlee Sertai 10 Pelukis Ternama Dunia; Perspektif; Berita Minggu
- 24 April 2002; Karya Suzlee Bertaraf Dunia; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 2 Jun 2002; Suzlee Duta Catan Ke Slovenia; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 18 Juli (July) 2002; Remise Med Variationer; Herning Folkeblad; Denmark
- 23 Juli (July) 2002; Aftentur med Diagonalen til Remisen; Give Avis; Denmark
- 21 Julai 2002; Pemilihan Suzlee Ke Denmark Bukti Pelukis Tempatan Hebat; Perspektif; Berita Minggu
- 13 September 2002; Draw To Abstract Expressionism; Consider This; New Straits Times
- 13 September 2002; Stint at Frinds Institut In UK; Consider This; New Straits Times
- 24 November 2002; Kejayaan Suzlee Bakar Semangat Pelajar Seni UiTM; Perspektif; Berita Minggu
- 31 Mei 2003; Pameran Impressionis Himpun Bakat Pelukis Mampan; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 5 Julai 2004; Karya Seniman Terkemuka Di Galeri Shah Alam; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 20 Mei 2004; Abstrak Suzlee Bukan Cincai; Lelaki; Harian Metro
- 3 November 2004; Movement Series Gerak Rasa Di Atas Kanvas; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- January 2005 (Issue 48); Suzlee Ibrahim; Featured Artists;The Art Fix; Ohio; USA
- 31 January 2005; A Dream Set In Stone and Paint; Cover Story; Gulf News; DUBAI
- 31 Januari 2005; Suzlee Sertai EMAAR International Art Symposium; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 14 March 2005; Inspired By Stint In Dubai; Star Metro; The Star
- 26 Mac 2005; Karya Suzlee Bakal Hiasi Bruj Dubai; Ikon; Berita Harian
- 18 April 2005; Ekspresionisme Dialog Warna Dengan Khalayak, Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 1 Mei 2006; Suzlee Pelukis Aliran Ekspresionisme; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 2 Januari 2007; Ekspresionisme Suzlee Ibrahim; Sifu; Kosmo
- 8 Januari 2007; Pelukis Muda Penggiat Seni Tampak Dipinggirkan? Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 12 Mac 2007; Menjengah Estética Mail Art Di Galeri Shah Alam; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 26 Mac 2007; Menelusuri Warna Dan Makna Karya Suzlee Di UKM; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 7 Mei 2007; Warna Menghubung Pelukis Tiga Negara; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 8 Ogos 2007; Seni Tampak Sudah Merdekakah Kita; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 6 Oktober 2007; Jati Diri Suzlee Dalam The Roots; Info Menarik; Berita Harian
- 28 April 2008; Imej Seni Malaysia Di Tokyo; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- August 2008; Suzlee Ibrahim – Movement is Life; Art; Cosmic; Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM)
- 9 November 2009; Garapan Kreatif Tujuh Pensyarah, Adiguru; Berita Harian
- Sept/Oct 2009,  Volume 19, Number 5 ; Wall Textures  (15th Solo Art Exhibition by Suzlee Ibrahim) Asian Art News, Asian Art Press (Int.) Ltd, Hong Kong
- Jan/ Feb 2010,  Volume 20, Number 1 ; Stormy Weather  (16th Solo Art Exhibition by Suzlee Ibrahim) Asian Art News, Asian Art Press (Int.) Ltd, Hong Kong
- Bil #6, 2010, Cerita Alam di Dada Kanvas "Monsoon Series' oleh Suzlee Ibrahim, Senikini, Balai Seni Lukis Negara, Kuala Lumpur
- 26 Nov 2010: Lukisan Pelukis Malaysia di Chicago, Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- Bil #10, 2011, Suzlee Ibrahim Menerima Anugerah Tokoh Seni : Anugerah Seni Citra Kencana 2010,  Senikini, Balai Seni Lukis Negara, Kuala Lumpur
- 18 Mac 2011; Warna Warni Sahara, Sastera, Berita Harian
- 15 April 2011, Luahan Ekspresi Sahara, Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- Mac/ April 2011 : Volume 21, A Journey, (18th Solo Art Exhibition by Suzlee Ibrahim) Asian Art News, Asian Art Press (Int.) Ltd, Hong Kong
- May 2011, Malaysia Tatler, Big on Art, Edipress Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Kuala Lumpur
- May-June 2011 / Issue 13 : Suzlee Ibrahim -Traveling Abastract, Art Malaysia, Dunia Seni Lukis Sdn. Bhd., Jalan Pudu Ulu off Jalan Cheras, 56100 Kuala Lumpur
- 1 Oktober 2011, Pensyarah Berjiwa Seniman, Gaya Pelukis/ S3, Utusan Malaysia
- 14 Jan 2012, Wonders of Ancient History, Star Metro, The Star
- 14 Jan 2012, Capturing Sense of Adventure on Canvas, Star Metro, The Star
- Jan / Feb 2012 (Issue#8), Suzlee Ibrahim : Kingdom ; Malaysia Art Gallery Guide, Blue Dots Art Publisher Sdn. Bhd., Petaling Jaya, Selangor
- Jan/ Feb 2012 : Volume 22 Number 1, Mythical Caves, (20th Solo Art Exhibition by Suzlee Ibrahim) Asian Art News, Asian Art Press (Int.) Ltd, Hong Kong
- Jan 2012 : Elephant Parade Singapore; Suzlee Ibrahim : ReGreen (Red & Green), Elephant Parade Ltd 2011, Singapore
- Feb-March 2012 / Issue 17 : The Essence of Kota Gelanggi Caves ‘KINGDOM’, Art Malaysia, Dunia Seni Lukis Sdn. Bhd., Jalan Pudu Ulu off Jalan Cheras, 56100 Kuala Lumpur
- Mar Apr 2012 (Issue#9), Kingdom : Suzlee Ibrahim Solo Exhibition, Malaysia Art Gallery Guide, Blue Dots Art Publisher Sdn. Bhd., Petaling Jaya, Selangor
- 4 juillet 2012 : MODERN ART – A la découverte de la peinture malaisienne avec Suzlee Ibrahim. www.lepetitjournal.com/kuala-lumpur. Kuala Lumpur
- Nov. 2012: Suzlee Ibrahim: Journey into Arts; Expart, Borneo Vision Sdn. Bhd, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur

 

Commentary
- 2 January 1996; From Sir with Love;The Arts; The Sun
 -19 Disember 1996; Harta Seniman Wajar Dipulihara; Sastera & Budaya; Berita Harian
- 2 Januari 1997; Keprihatinan Alam Sekitar Di Tangan Suzlee; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
-7 Mac 1998; Protes Sosial Dalam Movement Series; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 22 April 1998; Pameran Ekspresi ’98 Tekan Isu Kemanusiaan; Sastera & Budaya; Berita Harian
- 4 Julai 1996; Dua Sahabat Bergabung Tenaga, Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- Julai 1998; Pameran Solo Abstrak Ekspresionis Tulen Suzlee Ibrahim; Seniman Bulan Ini; Karya; Utusan Publications
- 29 Oktober 1998; Pameran Besar Besaran Sempena Sidang Apec; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 16 Febuari 1999; Suzlee Anjur Pameran Solo Kedua; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 20 Febuari 1999; Seni Kanvas Mengheret Suzlee Kepada Movement Series; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 4 March 1999; Classic Style of 20th Century; Art Scene; Star Metro;The Star
-3 April 1999; Suzlee,The Notion Of Gesture Karya Terbaru; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 26 April 2002; Pameran Solo Suzlee Di Galeri Seni; Sastera & Budaya; Berita Harian
- 4 May 2001; Artist on The Move; Arts & Theatre; The Malay Mail
- 12 Mei 2001; Karya Suzlee Ada Perubahan; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 28 Julai 2001; Ekspresionisme Sentuhan Suzlee Semakin Ketara; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 7 September 2001; Suzlee to Hold Exhibition at Balai Berita;The Malay Mail
- 8 September 2001; Lecturer to Hold Solo Art Exhibition at Balai Berita; National; New Straits Times
- 11 September 2001; Suzlee Buat Pameran Solo; Sastera & Budaya; Berita Harian
- 21 September 2001; Galeri Suzlee Di Balai Berita; Sastera & Budaya; Berita Harian
- 29 Disember 2001; Suzlee Karyanya Semakin Unik; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 21 April 2002; Suzlee Sertai 10 Pelukis Ternama Dunia; Perspektif; Berita Minggu
- 24 April 2002; Karya Suzlee Bertaraf Dunia; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 2 Jun 2002; Suzlee Duta Catan Ke Slovenia; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 18 Juli (July) 2002; Remise Med Variationer; Herning Folkeblad; Denmark
- 23 Juli (July) 2002; Aftentur med Diagonalen til Remisen; Give Avis; Denmark
- 21 Julai 2002; Pemilihan Suzlee Ke Denmark Bukti Pelukis Tempatan Hebat; Perspektif; Berita Minggu
- 13 September 2002; Draw To Abstract Expressionism; Consider This; New Straits Times
- 13 September 2002; Stint at Frinds Institut In UK; Consider This; New Straits Times
- 24 November 2002; Kejayaan Suzlee Bakar Semangat Pelajar Seni UiTM; Perspektif; Berita Minggu
- 31 Mei 2003; Pameran Impressionis Himpun Bakat Pelukis Mampan; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 5 Julai 2004; Karya Seniman Terkemuka Di Galeri Shah Alam; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 20 Mei 2004; Abstrak Suzlee Bukan Cincai; Lelaki; Harian Metro
- 3 November 2004; Movement Series Gerak Rasa Di Atas Kanvas; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- January 2005 (Issue 48); Suzlee Ibrahim; Featured Artists;The Art Fix; Ohio; USA
- 31 January 2005; A Dream Set In Stone and Paint; Cover Story; Gulf News; DUBAI
- 31 Januari 2005; Suzlee Sertai EMAAR International Art Symposium; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 14 March 2005; Inspired By Stint In Dubai; Star Metro; The Star
- 26 Mac 2005; Karya Suzlee Bakal Hiasi Bruj Dubai; Ikon; Berita Harian
- 18 April 2005; Ekspresionisme Dialog Warna Dengan Khalayak, Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 1 Mei 2006; Suzlee Pelukis Aliran Ekspresionisme; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 2 Januari 2007; Ekspresionisme Suzlee Ibrahim; Sifu; Kosmo
- 8 Januari 2007; Pelukis Muda Penggiat Seni Tampak Dipinggirkan? Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 12 Mac 2007; Menjengah Estética Mail Art Di Galeri Shah Alam; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 26 Mac 2007; Menelusuri Warna Dan Makna Karya Suzlee Di UKM; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 7 Mei 2007; Warna Menghubung Pelukis Tiga Negara; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 8 Ogos 2007; Seni Tampak Sudah Merdekakah Kita; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- 6 Oktober 2007; Jati Diri Suzlee Dalam The Roots; Info Menarik; Berita Harian
- 28 April 2008; Imej Seni Malaysia Di Tokyo; Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- August 2008; Suzlee Ibrahim – Movement is Life; Art; Cosmic; Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM)
- 9 November 2009; Garapan Kreatif Tujuh Pensyarah, Adiguru; Berita Harian
- Sept/Oct 2009,  Volume 19, Number 5 ; Wall Textures  (15th Solo Art Exhibition by Suzlee Ibrahim) Asian Art News, Asian Art Press (Int.) Ltd, Hong Kong
- Jan/ Feb 2010,  Volume 20, Number 1 ; Stormy Weather  (16th Solo Art Exhibition by Suzlee Ibrahim) Asian Art News, Asian Art Press (Int.) Ltd, Hong Kong
- Bil #6, 2010, Cerita Alam di Dada Kanvas "Monsoon Series' oleh Suzlee Ibrahim, Senikini, Balai Seni Lukis Negara, Kuala Lumpur
- 26 Nov 2010: Lukisan Pelukis Malaysia di Chicago, Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
Bil #10, 2011, Suzlee Ibrahim Menerima Anugerah Tokoh Seni : Anugerah Seni Citra Kencana 2010,  Senikini, Balai Seni Lukis Negara, Kuala Lumpur
- 18 Mac 2011; Warna Warni Sahara, Sastera, Berita Harian
- 15 April 2011, Luahan Ekspresi Sahara, Sastera & Budaya; Utusan Malaysia
- Mac/ April 2011 : Volume 21, A Journey, (18th Solo Art Exhibition by Suzlee Ibrahim) Asian Art News, Asian Art Press (Int.) Ltd, Hong Kong
- May 2011, Malaysia Tatler, Big on Art, Edipress Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Kuala Lumpur
- May-June 2011 / Issue 13 : Suzlee Ibrahim -Traveling Abastract, Art Malaysia, Dunia Seni Lukis Sdn. Bhd., Jalan Pudu Ulu off Jalan Cheras, 56100 Kuala Lumpur
- 1 Oktober 2011, Pensyarah Berjiwa Seniman, Gaya Pelukis/ S3, Utusan Malaysia

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