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Behind the Scenes: Inside Zakii’s Studio

A documentary is useful for giving people a valuable insight into a person or issue, a peek behind the scenes of how it works or what they do. We like to think our recent article on great documentary films, focussed on individual artists, demonstrated that… and in a similiar spirit we’d like to give you a peek behind the scenes at Zakii’s own art studio!

As ever, this is but a sneak preview of what we’ll be exploring in the finished film. Regardless, we hope you’ll find it an interesting look at our film’s star in his natural element. All images taken from the official Ahmad Zakii Anwar Facebook page.

 

A wide shot of the studio: do you recognise the picture on the left?

A wide shot of the studio, packed with the tools of the trade: do you recognise the picture on the left?

Zakii mixing paints, ready for the next picture. We love the colours on display in this photograph.

Zakii mixing paints, ready for his next picture. We love the colours on display in this photograph.

 

A collection of Zakii's still lifes. Innocent enough, provided you don't enquire too closely!

A collection of Zakii’s still lifes. Innocent enough, provided you don’t enquire too closely!

 

Zakii hard at work on another of his pictures.

Zakii hard at work on another of his pictures. Even in this early stage the picture is taking shape…

 

…and putting the finishing touches on one of his more detailed pictures. We're quite taken with particular one: can you identify it?

…whilst here, Zakii is putting the finishing touches on one of his more detailed pictures. We’re quite taken with this one in particular: can you identify it?

They say a picture paints a thousand words, but while we hope you find these pictures insightful we know they’re only half the story. Within the film, we aim to explore why Zakii paints what he does- what draws him to different subject matter- and in doing so fill in the blanks, so to speak, that these photographs create. Don’t forget to keep an eye on Twitter and Facebook, and remember to look at the main Zakii site for updates on our next festival appearance: more details on that very soon!

Tom GibsonBehind the Scenes: Inside Zakii’s Studio

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