Wan Jamila Wan Shaiful Bahri, known professionally as artjamila®, is an award-winning savant artist born in 2002 in Kuala Lumpur. She started drawing as a tool for communication in 2006 at the age of 4 and became an artist at 14 years old in 2017. She was nationally recognised when her painting titled “Unity in Diversity Skyline Series 3” was selected for the ”Putrajaya Sculpture” during Malaysia’s Independence Day celebration in August 2019. In the same year, she was internationally recognised when she was appointed as “Impact Artist 2019/2020” by an organisation in Switzerland, which commissioned her to paint 6 series of “Fish Mosaic in a Polluted Sea” and 2 series of her famous “Fish Mosaic”. Her story has appeared on over 100 media coverage locally and internationally as of 19 November 2019 (newspapers, social media, television broadcasts, YouTube channels, radio broadcasts, magazines, and social news sites like Worldbuzz, Says, and many more). Her journey has been documented in a book titled “My Journey with Artjamila, Part 1: From Nonverbal to Artistry” which has been exhibited in 6 continents in the world (London UK, New York USA, Beijing China, Frankfurt Germany, Dubai UAE, Guadalajara Mexico). Artjamila’s works have been exhibited in group exhibitions at a national and international level together with other renowned professional artists. As of July 2019, Artjamila has sold over 90 original paintings to collectors in Malaysia and Switzerland.
Her creation of art is purely from her soul without any formal art education. She has developed a distinctive personal style. She draws intricate patterns of vibrant colours with intricate details and human expressions based on her experiences and observations. Her paintings reflects how she views the world, that of a joyful, cheerful and peaceful. Her paintings captures innocent joy so well and are therapeutic and moves our emotions of happiness or sadness. She aspire to develop her own unique style and be able to display her works at renowned gallery globally.
Selected Achievements / Awards
1. Winner National weekly competition “NEGARAKU” 2017 (3 hours live painting at National Art Gallery, KL);
2. 3rd place National Abilympics Painting Competition 2018 (6 hours live painting);
3. The National Autism Champion 2019 (Autism Star Artist);
4. Switzerland Group Impact Artist 2019 / 2020 of an organisation in Switzerland;
5. Appointed Artisan for Malaysian Building Society Berhad (MBSB) Corporate Calendar and Corporate gifts;
6. Appointed Artisan for Hulo Hotel & Art Gallery from 2nd February 2018;
7. Appointed Artisan for Lawabana Sdn Bhd;
8. Appointed Artisan for Danajamin Nasional Berhad for their annual event “Danajamin Mighty Run 2018”;
9. Appointed Artisan for Shaftsbury 5star suites, Putrajaya;
10. Appointed Artisan for Putrajaya Sculpture at Putra Square, Prime Minister’s Office, Putrajaya.
11. Appointed Artisan for 6ft x 20 ft mural for Genius Kurnia, Kuala Lumpur.
12. Appointed Artisan for 10ft x 9ft mural for SMK Seksyen 9, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia.
13. Invited by Maybank Foundation to tender for book cover design titled “RISE_100 Stories Across Asean”.
14. Invited by Da Vinci Creative Kids & Walt Disney Studio as guest artist for Frozen II in Malaysia
15. “President’s Special Recognition Award, MIP MyPlace Award 2019_Excellence in Placemaking” for Putrajaya Sculpture at Putra Square, Putrajaya.
Attended 3 mini solo exhibitions; 28 group exhibitions at national level; 4 group exhibitions at international level.
Art Includes Festivals 2019; Ekpresi Malindo (Malaysia & Indonesia) 2019; ArtEDecor2019 (Matrade, KL); Ingenious Soul (Galeri Prima NSTP,Kuala Lumpur); Kind Malaysia 2018 (MITEC, KL); The World of Thousand Colours (Art Gallery, Maybank Tower KL); Luminance Art for Autism (Eco World Puncak Alam, Selangor); ArtEDecor2018 (Matrade KL); Imago Mundi 3 Nation_Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia 2018 (Hulo Art Gallery,KL); Art Bazaar (Bank Negara Museum and Art Gallery,KL); Independent Arts, Converge & Connect 2017 (TM Convention Centre KL); and numerous group exhibitions and live painting exhibitions.
Contributions to autism & underprivileged community
1. Conducted 8 sharing sessions with the public on “My Journey with Artjamila & Art as therapy”;
2. Conducted 24 live paintings at several corporate organisations and TV Stations;
3. Charity contribution / collaboration to several organisations like:
NASOM, SC Hearts, Lawabana Luncheon for underprivileged children, Construction of covered walkway at PPKI Workshop, SMK Seksyen 9 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysian Council Rehabilitation (MCR), Starlabs, Manipal Hospital Klang, Selangor, PAMCARE, Architects’ Association Malaysia, Alpro Pharmacy and Angkasa.
Upcoming Events / Exhibitions
1. Two (2) exhibitions at national level (Dec2019 and Mac2020)
2. Two (2) exhibitions at international level (Dec 2019 and Mac2020)
Her travels from early years
Wan Jamila started drawing at the age of 4. She draws her own interpretation of people. She draws intricate patterns and human expressions based on her experiences and observations.
Wan Jamila was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the 13th of June in 2002, the elder of two sisters. She also has 3 other grown-up brothers. Jamila was diagnosed as autistic at the age of 4. She has difficulty in verbal communication and social interaction, however is fully aware of what goes on around her. She uses drawings as a way of revealing her feelings of happiness, sadness, anger and joy.
She went through early intervention program as soon as her condition was diagnosed. She went to a private primary school that provided a program to handle special children like her. There it was noticed that she was prolific in drawing people and events that involved people, in all her exercise books. In the school, she also showed her ability to dance. She could perform a complex dance after having observed a specific dance movement briefly. She could translate all the dance steps into drawings.
When she was about 10, Jamila became fascinated with the use of digital software that she installed herself. She used her forefinger to draw. She has produced thousands of digital drawings using this technique. At the age of 14, her mother decided to train her with proper drawing techniques with the help of a local artist.
Jamila drawings are a collection of her memories in terms of her emotions, her passions, and events. She draws intricate patterns and human expressions based on her experiences and observations. Her distinctive style shines through every piece of her work.
My Journey With Jamila
“I started my travels with an autistic child in darkness. It was something I wasn’t prepared for as it was a hard and painful journey. It was challenging having to balance the weight of working a double career as Architect and Lecturer and the responsibility of taking care of an autistic child. Along the way, I was blessed with friends that supported me mentally and morally. I was even more blessed with my youngest daughter (Jemima) for helping me to care for Jamila.
When Jamila was 7 years old in 2009, slowly I saw light through the darkness and began to delve into Jamila’s mind and realize her ways of thinking by coaching her daily at home. I was triumphant at last, when I managed to truly understand her. She is a visual thinker, not a language based thinker. She holds information in ways that people will hardly understand, and see things in ways that others might find unimaginable. It has allowed me to break free from the standard mould of teaching. This discovery has made her far more readable now than she was when she was younger. I learned to adapt to her, not to lead her.
It was becoming tougher when she moved to secondary school in 2015 at the age of 13. Here, I realized that I could not rewind the clock if I had missed the golden opportunity to explore her special talent. At this milestone, I decided to concentrate with what she can do, rather than what she cannot do. As such I made the decision to retire from my career and give full concentration on her gift. She might have developmental and societal behaviour in a different order than her begin or begun peers, but she is able to accomplish her own victories, when it is her time to do so.
The rocky travels turned into an exciting journey. The pain was a beautiful scar and a reminder. The challenge is a blessing in disguise. Without darkness, the stars can’t shine. I am glad I was given the opportunity to experience a journey with someone so unique like my daughter, Jamila.”
“If they can’t learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn”
“Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable”
“Autism did not stop Einstein, Mozart, Newton or Temple Grandin from reaching the stars”.
Dr. Norizan Rajak
(Urbane Ethos Early Intervention Center, Denai Alam, Shah Alam, Selangor)
"I had the honour to be among the first of Jamila's playmates in 2008, when she was at age 6. Her favourite game was singing and playing patty cake-patty cake and to do sensory "artwork" using foam in order to develop reciprocity and turn taking in play. I still remember how surprised she was when I sprayed the foam on the table and we started doodling on it and she would laugh at my attempt to draw. That sense of humour developed well and she started to initiate games that she enjoyed and learned. Jamila is a joyful and free spirited girl who is set to soar to the best of her potentials. Arts is her language to communicate to the world and I hope there will be many good "listeners" out there who are ready to be engaged as well."
Noor Sa’adah Mohd. Noordin.
"It has been my utmost pleasure to have been given the opportunity to work with my beautiful talented niece Wan Jamila in her early years in 2010, struggling to overcome her literacy skills.
As a specialist in Dyslexia, the task given was quite a challenge indeed for me as being autistic, she learns differently. Despite the difficulties and challenges, my special affection goes to Jamila for her hard work and perseverance, thriving her best when challenged. Her sense of curiosity and her ability to see the world in her unique perspective is indeed her source of creativity and brilliance!
‘ONE DOESN’T HAVE TO BE PERFECT TO ACHIEVE BIG DREAMS’ . Keep soaring high my dear, the sky is the limit.”
Sum Mooi Soo
(Renew Earthlife Therapy Centre)
“I first met Jamila back in 2009 in my therapy room. Back then she was a ‘frighten fearful child’ but somehow we managed to build a trusting bond between us. From then on, I witnessed how she came out off her fear around people and social surroundings. She grows with confidence, though still shy but she knows what she wants and work towards it. Her weakness becomes her ‘gift’ and she is now sharing the pureness rhythm of life with the world.”
Mr. Lee Peng Chiong
(Principal Sri Acmar Primary school)
“It is not the handicap, but the attitude of the normal. To the handicap is the hardest thing to bear. Every child should be given a chance. Nothing is impossible to achieve. Seek and you will find”.
Miss Judith Anthony
(Vice Principal Sri Acmar Primary School)
“A rather timid appearing little girl clutching her mother’s hand and walking through the gates of Sekolah Sri Acmar in the year 2009 soon became the talk of the school. Her extra ordinary talents in drawing and dancing were tremendous. She used to score A for her Art and multi praises from the audience who watched her dancing.”
“Although diagnosed with autism she managed to score a C for her Science in the UPSR examination. She also captured the hearts of the other schoolmates and teachers. Having taught her makes me feel proud of her achievements. The fruit of the labour of the teachers in Sekolah Sri Acmar shines like a star and she is non other than Wan Jamila.”Jamila with schoolmates during UPSR Examination briefing by Principal at school.Jamila with the dance team at Klang Executive Club for school concert.
She started drawing as a tool of communication in 2006 (at age 4), and now this gifted talent has paved her path as an Artist when she was only 14 years old in March 2017. At 15 (January 2018), she was invited to join a 3 nation exhibition (IMAGO MUNDI Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore) , which has brought her to a national level. In March 2018, her participation in ArtEDecor Exhibition in Matrade Kuala Lumpur, gave her further recognition as a national artist. Her journey as an Artist flourished in less than a year.
Her creation of art is purely from her soul without formal art education. She started drawing using pigment ink on acid free paper and develop into acrylic and mix media on canvas. She draws intricate patterns and human expressions based on her experiences and observations and draws her own interpretation of people. Her special inborn power of imagination and assimilation of patterns and colours make her art different and unique. She has created a unique genre in the art industry. Most of her drawings are a collection of her memories in terms of her emotions, her passions, and events she experienced. Her paintings are therapeutic and moves your emotions of happiness.
Selected Achievements/ Awards
Weekly competition at the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, titled “NEGARAKU” on 29 July 2017.
Third place (6 hours live painting) in National Abilympics Painting Competition on 28th July 2018. She was the youngest contestant (Age 16). The competition was open to ages (18 to 50 years old in 2021).
Autism Star Award “National Autism Champions 2019” in conjunction with World Autism Awareness Day on 2 April 2019. This is a very prestigious award for Artjamila for being able to be with other high profile organizations and individuals to receive this award. The Award was presented by the Deputy Women, Family and Community Development minister YB Hannah and Puan Feilina Fisol, Chairman of NASOM (The National Autism Society of Malaysia)
The RECIPIENT OF RECOGNITION FOR CONTRIBUTION TO AUTISM COMMUNITY are:
- Category Autism Friendly Initiative: Sunway Putra Mall
- Category Autism Research: University Technology MARA (UiTM)
- Category Public Service Improvement: Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM)
- Category Fund Raising Initiative: Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC)
- Category Fund Raising Initiative: Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC)
- Category Youth Development: Malaysian Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS)
- Category Employment and Social Enterprise: McDonald Malaysia
- Category Media and Entertainment: Tunku Mona Riza Tunku Khalid
- Category Super Advocate: Puan Zarina Zainuddin
- Category Autism Stars (musician): Clarence Kang Zheng Wei
- Category Autism Stars (singer): Umar Hasfizal
- Category Autism Stars (artist): Artjamila
This painting is featured in a book titled “ RISE_100 Stories Across Asean
APPOINTED ARTISAN for Malaysian Buiding Society Berhad (MBSB) Corporate Calender and Corporate gifts:
1.Corporate Calendar MBSB
2.Corporate Gift MBSB
APPOINTED ARTISAN for Hulo Hotel & Art Gallery from 2nd February 2018 until 2nd February 2019:
APPOINTED ARTISAN for Lawabana Sdn Bhd in 2018:
APPOINTED ARTISAN for Danajamin Nasional Berhad for their annual event “Danajamin Mighty Run 2018”.
APPOINTED ARTISAN for Shaftsbury 5 Star Suite,Putrajaya.
Impact Artist 2019 / 2020 of an organisation in Switzerland
APPOINTED ARTISAN for “PUTRAJAYA SCULPTURE” at Putra Square, Putrajaya (In front of Prime Minister’s Office)
Award: President’s Special Recognition Arca Putrajaya, MIP MyPlace Award 2019
On 15 November 2019 (Friday), ARCA PUTRAJAYA has won an award under “MIP MyPLACE AWARD 2019: Excellence in Placemaking”. The award given was “President’s Special Recognition” conferred to Putrajaya Corporation (PJC). Artjamila felt very honoured for MIP and PJC to invite us with them to receive the award on stage.
Arca Putrajaya (2.4 m high x 22m length) is a Putrajaya landmark city sign designed to rejuvenate and enliven the Putra Square, a place of identity known as the “heart of administrative capital” in Putrajaya. It is a major attraction for tourists and visitors as a must destination to be visited in Putrajaya #hotspotzone. Every year, there are 6 to 7 millions visitors who visit the sculpture of Putrajaya. The existence of the Putrajaya Structure has made the place more lively and vibrant. At night, it is filled with family leisure activities and creates well being and a happy city. Artjamila’s painting was selected because the painting, titled “Unity in Diversity Skyline Series 3”, is suitable for the Merdeka celebration 2019. The painting represents the multi-racial community in Malaysia living in harmony and peacefully as one nation.
MyPLACE AWARDS 2019 recognises excellence in placemaking efforts by organisations and communities to improve public spaces which bring positive impacts, benefits to their local communities and creates a sense of place to the public.
Thank you to Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP) for organizing this event in conjunction with world town planning day.
Credits to MIP and PJC.
MEDIA COVERAGE (NEWSPAPER):
Her journey was covered in the local newspaper like:
1.Kosmo newspaper Malaysia on 3rd April 2017 titled “Amature Autistic Artist With Big Talent”
2.Kosmo newspaper Malaysia on 14th August 2017 titled “Wan Jamila’s Empire Of Art”
3.Kosmo newspaper Malaysia on 14th August 2017 titled “The Creation Of Art For Independence Day”
4.Malay Mail newspaper Malaysia on 15th August 2017 titled: “Merdeka Theme Brings Out Best In Artists”
5.Malay Mail newspaper Malaysia on 2nd September 2017 titled: “Speaking Through Art”
6.Star Metro newspaper Malaysia on 7th July 2018 titled: “Exhibition by Autistic Artists, Luminance Art for Autism”.
7.Harian Metro Malaysia on 20th October 2018 titled: “From Wan Jamila’s Heart” (“Dari Lubuk Hati Wan Jamila”)
8.New Straits Times newspaper Malaysia on 12th January 2019 titled “Galeri Prima showcases ‘Ingenious Soul’”
9.Berita Harian newspaper Malaysia on 16th January 2019 titled “Galeri Prima anjur resepsi bagi ‘Ingenious Soul'”
10.New Sunday Times newspaper Malaysia on 20th January 2019 titled “In the realms of an ingenuous world (Galeri Prima comes out with a far-out exhibition on naïve art!)”
11.The Star newspaper Malaysia on 12th March 2019 titled “Propelling art tourism to greater heights”
12.The Star newspaper Malaysia on 9th April 2019 titled “Autism Awareness: Teen artist Wan Jamila finds her voice through art”
13.Selangor Kini newspaper Malaysia on 25th April 2019 titled “Karyawan Malaysia dan Indonesia jayakan Ekspresi Malindo”
14.Harian Metro newspaper Malaysia on 8th May 2019 titled “Seni Ekspresi Malindo”
15.The Star newspaper Malaysia on 16th July 2019 titled “Advocating acceptance of autism”
16.Harian Metro newspaper Malaysia on 20th July 2019 titled “Diri Saya Terpilih”
17.Star2.com on 8th August 2019 titled “Art Includes Fest 2019 celebrates artistic side of folks with disabilities”
18.The Star newspaper Malaysia on 10th August 2019 titled “A space for inclusion”
19.Bernama.com on 27th August 2019 titled “Lukisan remaja autisme terpahat pada arca Putrajaya sempena Hari Kebangsaan”
20.Berita Harian Online on 27th August 2019 titled “Lukisan pada arca Putrajaya dihasilkan remaja autisme”
21.New Straits Times Online Malaysia on 27th August 2019 titled “Autistic teen paints spirit of Merdeka on Putrajaya signage”
22.Sinar Harian Online on 28th August 2019 titled “Lukisan remaja autisme terpahat pada Arca Putrajaya”
23.Bernama – Front Desk on 28th August 2019 titled “Autistic Artist’s Work Graces Putrajaya Sculpture”
24.Harian Metro newspaper Malaysia on 28th August 2019 titled “Rahsia di sebalik arca Putrajaya”
25.The Star newspaper Malaysia on 28th August 2019 titled “Making the arts inclusive for those with disabilities”
26.Malay Mail on 28th August 2019 titled “Blind since 2007, ‘Dialogue in the Dark’ founder Stevens Chan brings Malaysia’s first arts festival for people with disabilities”
27.Malay Mail on 28th August 2019 titled “Autistic teen artist behind Merdeka artwork selected by Dr M predicted fame, says mum”
28.Bernama.com on 28th August 2019 titled “Autistic Artist’s Work Graces Putrajaya Sculpture”
29.Bernama.com on 28th August 2019 titled “Karya Seni Gadis Autistik Semarakkan Perpaduan”
30.Bernama – Frontdesk on 28th August 2019 titled “Karya Seni Gadis Autistik Semarakkan Perpaduan”
31.Wilayahku on 29th August 2019 titled “Imej baharu arca Putrajaya”
32.The Star newspaper Malaysia on 4th September 2019 titled “Breaking autism boundary through art”
33.The Sun Daily newspaper Malaysia on 5th September 2019 titled “Knocking down barriers”
34.Sin Chew Newspaper Malaysia on 5th September 2019 titled “残障与艺术展览交流会·23 日起残障艺术家演出” (Handicapped and art exhibition exchange meeting · Disabled artist performance from the 23rd)
35.Media Permata Newspaper Brunei on 6th September 2019 titled “Karya gadis autistik meriahkan perpaduan”
37.Kosmo Newspaper Malaysia on 21st September 2019 titled “Karya Wan Jamila Hiasi Putrajaya”
38.Star2.com on 23rd September 2019 titled “5 things to catch at the Art Includes Festival 2019”
39.Harian Metro Newspaper Malaysia on 25th September 2019 titled “Sasar RM500,000 tamping kursus OKU”
40.The Star Newspaper Malaysia on 27th September 2019 titled “Arts fest with heroic mission”
41.The Malaysian Reserve on 30th September 2019 titled “The environment from an autistic teen girl’s perspective”
42. Sin Chew Daily Newspaper on 13th November 2019
MEDIA COVERAGE (TELEVISION BROADCAST):
She was broadcast through television stations to draw live at the following stations:
26 March 2017 in TV9 “Nasi Lemak Kopi O “ (Painting: Three Ladies Series 5A)
11 July 2017 in TV1 , “Selamat Pagi Malaysia“ (Painting: Unity In Diversity Series 1_ Malaysian Flag)
4 September 2017 in MQTV60 (Indonesia TV station) TRAVELOGY – KEMBARA KRAFT SELANGOR 2017 – PART 1
8 January 2018 in TV3 “Malaysia Hari Ini” (A documentary by TV3)
“It spoke of Jamila only being a teenager of 14 has managed up till now as a rising artist. She holds an abundance of promising talent embedded in her, as her paintings catch the eyes of well known art collectors. Art Jamila’s journey expands quick, bringing the name of the country to the world.”
7 April 2018 in TV3, “Borak Kopitiam “ Live Painting of Cats in Baskets in TV studio, live painting titled Unity in Diversity Series 1 at The Ledge Gallery 1 Utama Kuala Lumpur and live sketches of mural painting (9′ width x 6′ height) titled Mermaid Series 1”
16 September 2018 in TV1, “Selamat Pagi Malaysia” for Malaysia Day Celebration titled “Patriotism Through Art”
18 October 2018 in METRO TV, titled ‘From Wan Jamila’s Heart (“Dari Lubuk Hati Wan Jamila”)
17 January 2019 in Buletin Pagi TV3, titled “Galeri Prima Pamer 92 Karya ‘Ingenious Soul’”
22 January 2019 in Bicara Inspirasi RTM1, in a segment titled “Nota Inspirasi’”
A documentary about Artjamila published by Star TV (The Star Online) on 1 April 2019, titled “Teen with autism: Wan Jamila’s artistic journey”.
A documentary by “Hijab and Heels” about Artjamila as an Artist and Shuhada as a singer:
19th July 2019 in METRO TV, titled ‘Diri saya terpilih’
The writeup link: ‘Diri saya terpilih’
19th August 2019 in Berita TV9, titled ‘Lukisan Remaja Autism Curi Tumpuan’
19th August 2019 in Berita TV9, titled ‘Lukisan Remaja Autism Curi Tumpuan’
19th August 2019 in NTV7 Edisi 7, titled ‘Lukisan “Artjamila” Curi Tumpuan’
27 August 2019 in Bernama News Channel, titled “ Lukisan Remaja Autisme Terpahat Pada Arca Putrajaya Sempena Hari Kebangsaan”
29 August 2019 in Bernama Digital Journal, titled “Karya Seni Gadis Autistik Semarakkan Perpaduan”
29 August 2019 in WK TV (Wilayahku), titled “Imej baharu arca Putrajaya”
8 September 2019 in Malaysian Insight, titled “Autistic girl’s art brightens up Putrajaya” : https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/v/180933
9 September 2019 in TV3 “Malaysia Hari Ini”’s segment titled “Generasi Unik”
10 September 2019 in TV 8 “Living Delight”
24 September 2019 in TV 8 News “绘画弹钢琴皆难不倒 身障艺术家施展天赋”
27 September 2019 in TV Okey (109) “Infiniteen”
8 October 2019 in TV9 “Bakat Luar Biasa Autisme – Healing through Art”
8 October 2019, TV1 news regarding Mural genius kurnia KL as CSR project Angkasa in collaboration with artjamila, faculty of art & design UiTM Kedah and Genius Kurnia.
MEDIA COVERAGE (RADIO):
Artjamila was broadcast in Lite FM show on 2nd April 2019 “Sham #inspiregram”.
Artjamila was broadcast in Lite FM show on 10th April 2019 “Relaxing Favourites Workday with Soraya “.
Artjamila was broadcast in BFM – 89.9 The Business Station on 24th September 2019
MEDIA COVERAGE (Video for magazine The Health):
MEDIA COVERAGE (WEBSITE):
Blog article entitled “Kembara Kraft Selangor 2017”
MEDIA COVERAGE (SOCIAL NEWS SITE)
1.Penselpatahtunteja on 3rd October 2017 titled “Adik Wan Jamila Seorang yang Berbakat Luar Biasa Walaupun Pengidap Autisme”
2.Aboutmuetinkisas.com on 17th April 2019 titled “Autism awareness : teen artist Wan Jamila”
3.Says.com on 28th August 2019 titled “17-Year-Old Autistic Teen’s Artwork Gets Picked By Prime Minister For Merdeka Day Signage”
4.Worldofbuzz.com on 28th August 2019 titled “17yo Autistic Girl’s Painting Gets Featured On Putrajaya Signage For National Day”
5.Brilio.net on 28th August 2019 titled “Kisah haru gadis autis yang lukisannya jadi ikon hari kemerdekaan”
6.Astro – Rojakdaily.com on 29th August 2019 titled “17-Year-old Autistic Girl Adorns Putrajaya Signage With Her Beautiful Paintings”
7.Yahoo.com on 28th August 2019 titled “Autistic teen artist behind Merdeka artwork selected by Dr M predicted fame, says mum”
8.GPSBestari.com on 28th August 2019 titled “’Seawal usia empat tahun lagi banyak melukis dan meluah isi hatinya menerusi lukisan‘ – Ibu Jamila”
9.Infosebenar.com on 28th August 2019 titled “Remaja autisme hasilkan lukisan pada arca Putrajaya”
10.EdisiViral.com on 28th August 2019 titled “Remaja Autisme Hasilkan Lukisan pada Arca Putrajaya”
11.Inspirasi Media on 28th August 2019 titled “Lukisan Yang Terpahat Pada Arca Sempena Sambutan Hari Kebangsaan Adalah Hasil Karya Seorang Remaja Autisme,”
12.Syok.my on 28th August 2019 titled “Celebrating Diversity with Art Includes 2019”
13.Himpunanceritalawak.com on 29th August 2019 titled “Hasil Lukisan Remaja Autisme Ini Gah Tersergam Pada Arca Di Putrajaya. Syabas!”
14.Rojakdaily.com (Astro) on 29th August 2019 titled “17-Year-old Autistic Girl Adorns Putrajaya Signage With Her Beautiful Paintings”
15.Berjaya Youth Instagram on 29th August 2019
16.Keluarga.my on 30th August 2019 titled “Ketika Kecil, Dia Suka Luahkan Perasaannya Melalui Lukisan. Rahsia Di Sebalik Arca Putrajaya, Rupanya Dilukis Remaja Autisme”
17.Hijabnheels.com (New Straits Times Press) on 30th August 2019 titled “Arca Putrajaya, Hasil Kerja Tangan Gadis Autistik Ini Luar Biasa Cantik!”
18.Facebook Balai Seni Negara Official on 31st August 2019
19.Enveeus.com on 31st August 2019 titled “Celebrate Specially-Abled Creators at “Art Includes 2019”
20.Diversecity.my on September 2019 titled “Healing Through Art”
21.World Times News on 5th September 2019 titled “Knocking Down Barriers”
22.Experience Malaysia, Tourism Malaysia eNewsletter – September 2019 titled “Art Includes Festival 2019”
23.Msn.com (Msn News) on 27th August 2019 titled ”Lukisan pada arca Putrajaya dihasilkan remaja autisme”
24.Msn.com (Msn News) on 27th August 2019 titled “Autistic teen paints spirit of Merdeka on Putrajaya signage”
25.Malaysian Insight on 8th September 2019 titled “Autistic girl’s art brightens up Putrajaya”
26.Facebook Malaysian Insight on 9th September 2019 titled “Autistic girl’s art brightens up Putrajaya”
27.Mstar on 30th August 2019 titled “Putrajaya… tak kenal maka tak cinta”
28.Malaysia News Today on 22nd September 2019 titled “5 Things To Catch At The Art Includes Festival 2019”
29.Timeout.com on September 2019 titled “Healing Through Art”
30.Facebook Unit Fotografi, Jabatan Penerangan Malaysia on 2nd October 2019
31.Facebook Jabatan Penerangan Malaysia on 3rd October 2019
32.Instagram KHM Sungai Pelek on 4th October 2019
33.Facebook Angkatan Koperasi Kebangsaan (M) Bhd – ANGKASA on 7th October 2019
34.Instagram Genius Kurnia Official on 10th October 2019
35. SihatMalaysia on 16th October 2019 titled “Kanser bukan Halangan”
MEDIA COVERAGE (SOCIAL MEDIA)
1.Instagram feed TV3 Host – @fedtriyahya on 9 September 2019
2.Instagram story TV3 Host – @irin_putri on 12 September 2019
“My Journey with Artjamila (Part 1)” has been published and is available online at the
Hard copy is also available at Artjamila Gallery:
firstname.lastname@example.org / +6019-3152662
The book will be exhibited at the following International Book Fair:
(a) London Book Fair, London, UK (March 12-14, 2019)
(b) Book Expo America, New York, NY (May 29- June 02, 2019)
(c) Beijing International Book Fair, Beijing, China (Aug 21-25, 2019)
(d) Frankfurt International Book Fair, Frankfurt, Germany (Oct 16-20, 2019)
(e) Sharjah International Book Fair, Sharjah, UAE (Nov 6-16, 2019)
(f) Guadalajara International Book Fair, Guadalajara, Mexico (Nov 30 – Dec 8, 2019)
SYNOPSIS: While living with autism can be a challenge, it can also be a gift. For one young girl, a diagnosis of autism would mark the beginning of her and her mother’s journey of discovery. Jamila learns differently and sees the world in a unique perspective, and it would be this gift that would help her and her mother discover new ways of learning and teaching, seeing things in ways others might find unimaginable. In My Journey with Artjamila, author and mother Noorhashimah Noordin shares how she was able to break the standard mold of teaching and learn to adapt to her daughter’s unique way of learning. Using a humanistic form of pedagogy that is centered on the individual and focuses on the emotional and social development of children, Noorhashimah managed to connect and engage with her daughter, helping young Jamila concentrate on her strengths-and on her art. Jamila’s gift turned a challenge into a beautiful adventure and a fascinating experience. In her and her mother’s story, we can learn how important it is to see things from a different perspective, to embrace art as a form of therapy, to treasure memories, and importantly, to see the magical strength of will power.
Childrens Story Book titled:
“In Harmony Together: Harmony in the Eyes of an Autistic Child”, will be published soon.
SHARING SESSION (“My Journey With Artjamila”):
1.National Level: Empowering AUTISM: Understand, Accept & Love” on 27 May 2017 and 11th November 2017 at Manipal Hospital, Klang, Selangor, Malaysia.
2.National Level: “My Journey With Artjamila” on 8th August 2017 at SMK Danau Kota, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur.
3.International Level: “Humanistic Pedagogy (Journey of Life)” on 19 August 2017 organised by Montessori Association of Malaysia.
4.National Level: “My Journey with Artjamila” on 24th March 2018 organised by “Persatuan Wanita Inspirasi Negara” at KL Journal Hotel
5.National Level: “Art as Therapy” on 26th April 2018 at Securities Commission Malaysia.
6.National Level: “My Journey with Artjamila” on 12th July 2018 at Luminance Art for Autism Exhibition organised by Faculty of Art and Design, UiTM Puncak Alam, Selangor
7.International Level: Asia Pacific Autism Conference (Thriving with autism) 20th – 22nd June 2019 in Singapore.
8.International Level: Art Includes Festival 2019 (Celebrating Diversities) 23rd – 29th September 2019 at Ruang, Think City, Kuala Lumpur.
1.Live telecast in TV9 Station, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 26 March 2017.
2.Murals painting (Mermaids –Series 1) at Lobby PPKI, Sekolah Menengah Seksyen 9, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia from 8-13 May 2017.
3.Live Painting “Empowering AUTISM: Understand, Accept & Love” (1st Public Forum) organised by Manipal Hospital Klang, Selangor Malaysia, on 27 May 2017.
4.Live drawing (title: “Merdeka painting”) in TV1 Station, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 11 July 2017.
5.Live drawing (Title: “People Of Malaysia”) at an exhibition titled “ Malaysia Makes History” at MAEPS, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia on 4 August 2017.
6.Live drawing at a Secondary School SMK Danau Kota Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 08 August 2017.
7.Live drawing “Merdeka Live Art Painting” at 1 Utama Shopping Complex, Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 14 August 2017.
8.Live drawing at her Art Studio filmed by a group of media crew locally and internationally organised by Selangor State Economic Planning Unit (UPEN) & Gaya Travel Magazine under a project titled “CRAFT FROM THE HEARTS” ON 17 August 2017.
9.Live drawing (Title: “Merdeka Series 2”) at an exhibition titled Art Bazaar Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery 2017 on 24 November 2017.
10.Live drawing (Title: “Fish Mosaic Series 12”) at an exhibition titled Art Bazaar Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery 2017 on 26 November 2017.
11.Live painting in TV3 “Malaysia Hari Ini” on 8 January 2018.
12.Live painting in TV3 “Borak Kopitiam” on 7 April 2018 (Cats In Baskets).
13.Live Painting in TV1, “Selamat Pagi Malaysia” for Malaysia Day Celebration titled “Patriotism Through Art” on 16 September 2018.
14.Live painting at ART FAIR AND CHARITY SALES (NASOM: Closing the gap) for National Autism Week 2018 on 20 – 21 April 2018 at Utrospace, Utropolis Marketplace, Glenmarie, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
15.Live painting at ART FAIR AND CHARITY SALES (Securities Commission HEARTs) on 26 – 27 April 2018 at Securities Commission Malaysia Head Quarters, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
16.Live painting and Art Exhibition (Allianz Malaysia Townhall Meeting) on 10 October 2018 at Menara Kembar Bank Rakyat, Kuala Lumpur.
17.Live painting in Metro TV on 18 October 2018.
18.Live painting at Kind Malaysia 2018 on 24 to 25 October 2018 at Malaysian International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
19.Live painting in Bicara Inspirasi TV1 on 22 January 2019.
20.Live painting in Star TV on 1 April 2019
21.Live painting at Piknik Keluarga on 28 April 2019 at Taman Tasik Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia.
22.National Level: KLAF2019 (KL Architecture Festival 2019) “TOMORROW” 21 June 2019 at APW, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.
23.Live painting in TV3 “Malaysia Hari Ini” on 9 September 2019 (Unity in Diversity Skyline Series 4)
24.Live painting in TV Okey (109) “Infiniteen” on 27 September 2019 (Unity in Diversity Dance Series 2)
EXHIBITIONS ATTENDED (Mini Solo Exhibition):
1.Concorde Hotel, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia, on 21 April 2017.
2.Exhibition at an International Montessori Forum 2017 organised by Montessori Association of Malaysia 19-20 August 2017.
3.National Level: Solo Exhibition at Putrajaya Corporation, 8-27 May 2019
EXHIBITIONS ATTENDED (Group Exhibition at International Level):
1.The World of Thousand Colours, KL World International Deaf Artist & Nukilan Jiwaku Very Special Artist on 24th to 28th September 2018 at Art Gallery, Maybank Tower, Kuala Lumpur.
2.Imago Mundi 3 Nation (Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia) – 600 Art Show 2018 in Kuala Lumpur organised by Imago Mundi Malaysia (IMM) on 5th January 2018 at Hulo Art Gallery, Jalan Changkat Thamby Dollah, Kuala Lumpur.
3.Expresi Malindo (Malaysia & Indonesia) 2019 at Shah Alam Gallery, Selangor, Malaysia.
4.Art Includes Festival 2019 (Art Exhibition) at Ruang, Think City, Kuala Lumpur on 23rd – 29th September 2019.
EXHIBITIONS ATTENDED (Group Exhibition at National Level)
1.Independent Arts, Converge & Connect (IACON) at TM Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 18-19 March 2017.
2.Exhibition at Ground Floor Main Entrance Lobby, Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 24-27 March 2017.
3.The Ledge Art Gallery,1 Utama, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 1-30 April 2017.
4.Malaysian Institute Of Architects (Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia: PAM), Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 25 April 2017.
5.The Ledge Art Gallery, 1 Utama, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 14 July 2017 until 13 August 2017 under the theme “Leaders”.
6.Exhibition titled “ Malaysia Makes History” at MAEPS, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia on 4 August 2017.
7.Exhibition at a Secondary School SMK Danau Kota Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 08 August 2017.
8.The Ledge Art Gallery, 1 Utama, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 14 August 2017 until 13 September 2017, under the theme “Merdeka”.
9.The Ledge Art Gallery, 1 Utama, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 14 September 2017 until 13 October 2017, under the theme “World Landmark”.
10.Art Bazaar organised by Bank Negara Malaysia from 22-28 November 2017 at Bank Negara Museum and Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.
11.Expo Negaraku Kuala Lumpur 2017 organised by Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister’s Department (UPE,JPM) from 25-26 November 2017 at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur.
12.Auction at Wisma RKT Kuala Lumpur on 18th December 2017.
13.Art & Décor Exhibition (ArtEDecor) for Emerging Artists (Local & International Artist) organised by Matrade from 8-11 March 2018 at MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre (MECC) Kuala Lumpur.
14.Exhibition at KL Journal Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 24th March 2018 in conjunction with Women International Day.
15.Exhibition at Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) on 7th April 2018 .
16.Closing the gap at Utropolis Event Centre, Glenmarie, Selangor from 19th April 2018 until 21st April 2018, organised by National Autism Malaysia.
17.Exhibition at Securities Commission Malaysia organised by Corporate Resources Securities Commision Malaysia at SC Headquarters, Persiaran Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 26th April 2018.
18.Luminance Art for Autism at Ecoworld Puncak Alam, Selangor, Malaysia on 11th to 12th July 2018 organised by Faculty Of Art And Design, MARA University of Technology (UiTM), Puncak Alam, Selangor, Malaysia.
19.Lawabana Luncheon & Charity Auction “Weaving Our Dreams Together” on 22nd July 2018 at Hilton Hotel, KL Sentral Kuala Lumpur.
20.Art Exhibition at International Federation of Library Association World Library International Conference (IFLA WLIC) on 28th to 30th August 2018 at Tun Abdul Razak Library, UiTM Puncak Alam, Selangor, Malaysia.
21.Live painting and Art Exhibition (Allianz Malaysia Townhall Meeting) on 10th October 2018 at Menara Kembar Bank Rakyat, Kuala Lumpur.
22.Kind Malaysia 2018 on 24th to 25th October 2018 at Malaysian International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
23.Danajamin Mightyrun 2018 on 24th November 2018 at Perdana Botanical Garden, Tasek Perdana Kuala Lumpur.
24.Ingenious Soul on 10th to 25th January 2019 at Galeri Prima, The New Straits Times Press, Kuala Lumpur.
25.ArtEDecor 2019 on 7th to 10th March 2019 at Matrade Exhibition & Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur.
26.KLAF2019 (KL Architecture Festival 2019) “TOMORROW” 21-28 June 2019 at APW, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.
27.Audinary 2019 on 07th July 2019 at Sunway Putra Mall, Kuala Lumpur.
Interpretation Of Jamila’s Artwork
Jamila’s drawings are a collection of her memories in terms of her emotions, her passions, and events. She has created a unique masterpiece of her memories in a form of collaged events. In a way, Jamila is telling us that life is all about making memories. Today’s little moments become tomorrow’s precious memories.
Her drawings can be divided into three major categories:
- Feeling Happy
- Feeling Sad
- A portrait that resembles Jamila’s character (Grace)
- Feeling restless at school and wishing for her mother to take her home when was 8.
- This drawing shows Jamila’s desire to travel with Malaysian Airlines.
- Jamila likes princess.
- Beauty is Jamila’s passion. Her drawings was inspired by women with long hair like Rapunzel from Disney.
- Cooking and baking
- Pots and teacups represent Jamila’s passion for cooking.
- Fashion and modelling
- When Jamila is happy, she is most likely to draw random fashion designs.
- This drawing reflects Jamila’s interest in fashion and modelling.
- Jamila likes to draw dancers.
- Jamila likes to draw flowers from her garden.
Travelling and having weekend outings with her mother and younger sister (Three Ladies)
- Jamila loves travelling. Most of her travels during her childhood are with her mother and her younger sister. “THREE LADIES” was inspired by those memories.
- Dance concert at primary school
- Jamila documents her precious memories on the dances in the school concert at the age of 8 years old.
- Multiracial people at the primary school
- Group photo during group tour
- Jamila’s interpretation of group photos taken during her travels.
- Visits to aquarium
- An abstract piece of Jamila’s memories during her visit to an aquarium.
- Yearly class party at primary school
- Jamila documents her precious memories on the yearly school class party at the age of 8 years old.
- Jamila’s schoolmates in her eyes.
- Family Activities
- Jamila’s memories of family activities.