From sauce and curry powder, one artist’s Merdeka tribute

Mohd Shah Tumin believes in an out-of-the-box approach.

PETALING JAYA: A local artist has used everyday ingredients including mayonnaise, chili sauce and curry powder to craft his Merdeka Day artwork.

The artist, Mohd Shah Tumin, 36, told FMT he believes in taking an out-of-the-box approach to his art, refusing to limit himself to typical art materials.

“I want people to realise that art can be made creatively and not only using pencils and paper.”

Mohd Shah Tumin with his portrait of Liverpool star Mohamed Salah.

More commonly known as Shahtumin, the Sarawak-based artist has made headlines with his portraits of famous personalities, including Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, YouTube star Sugu Pavithra and footballer Mohamed Salah.

Shah himself uses YouTube to share his artwork with the public and is pleasantly surprised with the response he’s received.

For the 63rd Merdeka Day celebration, Shah has painted the Jalur Gemilang, Tugu Negara, KLCC and the hibiscus using everyday ingredients.

“I began (as an artist) with a portrait of Najib Razak before the 14th general election,” he said, adding at the time, the former prime minister’s issues were on everyone’s lips.

“I used chili sauce to create his portrait,” he said, adding he had been interested in art since he was a teenager when he began doodling on a plate and ended up drawing a portrait.

A portrait of YouTube cooking personality Sugu Pavithra by Mohd Shah Tumin.

For his next work, Shah plans to create a portrait of preacher Ebit Lew using either engine oil as paint or a dusty car as a canvas.