Abdul Ghani Abdul Hamid, a prolific writer, artist and Renaissance Man
The Cultural Medallion recipient was a prolific poet, artist and mentor to many
Published on Apr 15, 2014 7:06 PM
Abdul Ghani Abdul Hamid, who died at home on Sunday on his 81st birthday, was a prolific poet, painter, dramatist and cartoonist who not only inspired his peers but also groomed new generations of arts talent.
Widely referred to as a "Renaissance man" for his body of art and literary work, the father of four is perhaps best known for the non-profit arts group he co-founded in 1962 and led till 1984, Angkatan Pelukis Aneka Daya (Apad) or Association of Artists of Various Resources.
He was also a prolific writer of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, winning two major honours in 1998, the South-east Asia Write Award and top Malay literary prize Anugerah Tun Seri Lanang. A year later, he was awarded the Cultural Medallion.
He leaves a legacy of hundreds of poems, dozens of paintings, drama scripts with theatre group Perkumpulan Seni and two definitive non-fiction books on art and architecture in Singapore.
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“To me, Abdul Ghani’s works speak volumes of his commitments to the arts, his community, his country and humanity at large.”
Poet Rasiah Halil