Name: Wan Jamila Wan Shaiful Bahri a.k.a. ARTJAMILADate of birth: 13 June 2002 Place of birth: Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Selangor Education: Homeschool secondary Art Education: Self taught artist Wan Jamila, known professionally as artjamila®, is an award-winning savant artist known nationally and internationally. Artjamila was born in 2002 in Selangor, Malaysia. 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. On 6th May 2020 her painting titled “Our Heroes Series 3” has been shortlisted in a global painting competition under category contemporary art organised by The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) with its focus on building cultural links with countries around the world and connecting people to people through Cultural and Educational exchange. On 5th May 2020 she won an 1st PLACE AWARD in a competition at Asian Level (Category B: age 13 to 19) organised by Artdialogo Asia under the theme “A Salute to Frontliners Around the World”, an intercultural initiative connecting Philippines, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, South Korea and Lebanon fight against the Covid-19 Pandemic. On 2nd December 2019, she received an appointment as IMPACT ARTIST 2020-2022 from a foundation in Switzerland and purchased 8 pieces of her paintings under fishmosaic and sea pollution series, to be displayed at the world platform for sea pollution awareness. On 2nd April 2019 she was awarded “The National Autism Champion” in conjunction with World Autism Awareness Day on 2 April 2019 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). Her painting titled “Unity in Diversity Series 3” adorned the Putrajaya Sculpture at Putra Square for the country’s Independence Day celebration 2019. This sculpture won “The President’s Special Recognition Award” by MIP MyPlace Award 2019_Excellence in Placemaking. In 2018 she won 3rd place at the National Abilympics Painting Competition. In 2017 she was the weekly winner for a competition called “NEGARAKU” organised by the National Art Gallery. Since 2017, she continuously received appointment as the artisan for several corporate organisations and hotels. As of 26 May 2020, her story has appeared in 170 media coverage locally and internationally. Her journey has been documented in a book titled “My Journey with Artjamila, Part 1: From Nonverbal to Artistry”. Her creation of art is purely from her soul without any formal art education and has developed a distinctive personal style in her art. She combined doodling and naive art into her scheme. She paints through her memories of events she has experienced. Jamila views the world with a joyful, cheerful and peaceful nature which is often reflected in her paintings. Art is her language to the world and it is poetry and always touches viewer’s emotions. She has participated in 34 group exhibitions at a national level and 6 group exhibitions at an international level together with other well-known professional artists. As of December 2019, Artjamila has sold over 96 original paintings to private and corporate collectors in Malaysia and Switzerland.
Attended 4 mini solo exhibitions; 34 group exhibitions at national level; 6 group exhibitions at international level, 26 live paintings.
RACSArt2019; 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 26 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.
Artjamila as sponsor to other organization
1. Genius Kurnia Parents & Interventionists Association, 2019;
2. Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology / Asia Pacific University(APIIT/APU), 2019;
3. Alpro Pharmacy, 2019/2020:
4. People Systems Consultancy (PSC) for Publication “R.I.S.E. 100 Stories Across Asean”, 2019/2020;
5. Malaysian Council for Rehabilitation (MCR) , for International Abilympics Hi-tea souvenior, 2019.;
6. 6ft x 20ft mural at Genius Kurnia, KL 2019
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
Artjamila’s painting (Our Heroes Series 3) has been shortlisted in a global painting competition under category contemporary art. The competition is open to all including amateurs and professionals from India and across the world under the theme “United Against CORONA: Express Through Art”. The competition is organised by The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) with its focus on building cultural links with countries around the world and connecting people to people through Cultural and Educational exchange.
5th May 2020 (Tuesday)
Artjamila has won an 1st PLACE AWARD in a competition at Asian Level (Category B: age 13 to 19) organised by Artdialogo Asia under the theme “A Salute to Our Frontliners Around the World”, an intercultural initiative connecting Philippines, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, South Korea and Lebanon fight against the Covid-19 Pandemic.
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.
IMPACT ARTIST 2020 / 2022 for an organisation from Switzerland
Artjamila is a young artist ambassador as Impact Artist.
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
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).
Weekly competition at the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, titled “NEGARAKU” on 29 July 2017.
APPOINTED ARTISAN 14
Painting “Hari Raya Aidilfitri Festival Celebration” for SPM, TV1, RTM
APPOINTED ARTISAN 13
As an invited Guest Artist for Fan Art Contribution in Disney’s Frozen 2 in Malaysia on 14 December 2019.
Appointed Artisan 12
for 6ft x 20 ft mural for Genius Kurnia, Kuala Lumpur.
APPOINTED ARTISAN 11
for “PUTRAJAYA SCULPTURE” at Putra Square, Putrajaya (In front of Prime Minister’s Office)
APPOINTED ARTISAN 10
for Alpro Foundation “wet tissue” corporate social responsibility project.
APPOINTED ARTISAN 9
for IBIS hotel, Sepang.
Appointed Artisan 8
for a book titled “ RISE_100 Stories Across Asean”
APPOINTED ARTISAN 7
for Danajamin Nasional Berhad for their annual event.
“Danajamin Mighty Run 2018 (DMR2018)”. 3,000 participants took part in DMR2018 including participations from corporate figures, parents of/and autistic children and from the general public of all ages. Also present at the event was YB Hannah Yeoh, Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development to flag-off the 5KM (Fun Run) & 10KM (Competitive) categories. DMR2018 had successfully raised RM 110,000.00 for NASOM.
APPOINTED ARTISAN 6
for Shaftsbury 5 Star Suite,Putrajaya.
APPOINTED ARTISAN 5
for Hulo Hotel & Art Gallery from 2nd February 2018 until 2nd February 2019:
APPOINTED ARTISAN 4
for Lawabana Sdn Bhd in 2018:
APPOINTED ARTISAN 3
for Malaysian Buiding Society Berhad (MBSB) Corporate Calender and Corporate gifts:
Appointed Artisan 2
Portrait painting for DYTM Tengku Amir Shah Ibni Sultan Sharafudin Idris Shah, the Crown Prince of Selangor
Appointed Artisan 1
for 10ft x 9 ft mural for SMK Seksyen 9, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia.
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.SelangorKini 25 Ogos – 1 September 2017 titled “Program Kembara Kraf Selangor 2017 (KKS17) Kraf etnik tarikan baru pelancong”
6.Malay Mail newspaper Malaysia on 2nd September 2017 titled: “Speaking Through Art”
7.Star Metro newspaper Malaysia on 7th July 2018 titled: “Exhibition by Autistic Artists, Luminance Art for Autism”.
8.Harian Metro Malaysia on 20th October 2018 titled: “From Wan Jamila’s Heart” (“Dari Lubuk Hati Wan Jamila”)
9.New Straits Times newspaper Malaysia on 12th January 2019 titled “Galeri Prima showcases ‘Ingenious Soul’”
10.Berita Harian newspaper Malaysia on 16th January 2019 titled “Galeri Prima anjur resepsi bagi ‘Ingenious Soul'”
11.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!)”
12.The Star newspaper Malaysia on 12th March 2019 titled “Propelling art tourism to greater heights”
13.The Star newspaper Malaysia on 9th April 2019 titled “Autism Awareness: Teen artist Wan Jamila finds her voice through art”
14.Selangor Kini newspaper Malaysia on 25th April 2019 titled “Karyawan Malaysia dan Indonesia jayakan Ekspresi Malindo”
15.Harian Metro newspaper Malaysia on 8th May 2019 titled “Seni Ekspresi Malindo”
16.The Star newspaper Malaysia on 16th July 2019 titled “Advocating acceptance of autism”
17.Harian Metro newspaper Malaysia on 20th July 2019 titled “Diri Saya Terpilih”
18.Star2.com on 8th August 2019 titled “Art Includes Fest 2019 celebrates artistic side of folks with disabilities”
19.The Star newspaper Malaysia on 10th August 2019 titled “A space for inclusion”
20.Bernama.com on 27th August 2019 titled “Lukisan remaja autisme terpahat pada arca Putrajaya sempena Hari Kebangsaan”
21.Berita Harian Online on 27th August 2019 titled “Lukisan pada arca Putrajaya dihasilkan remaja autisme”
22.New Straits Times Online Malaysia on 27th August 2019 titled “Autistic teen paints spirit of Merdeka on Putrajaya signage”
23.Sinar Harian Online on 28th August 2019 titled “Lukisan remaja autisme terpahat pada Arca Putrajaya”
24.Bernama – Front Desk on 28th August 2019 titled “Autistic Artist’s Work Graces Putrajaya Sculpture”
25.Harian Metro newspaper Malaysia on 28th August 2019 titled “Rahsia di sebalik arca Putrajaya”
26.The Star newspaper Malaysia on 28th August 2019 titled “Making the arts inclusive for those with disabilities”
27.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”
28.Malay Mail on 28th August 2019 titled “Autistic teen artist behind Merdeka artwork selected by Dr M predicted fame, says mum”
29.Bernama.com on 28th August 2019 titled “Autistic Artist’s Work Graces Putrajaya Sculpture”
30.Bernama.com on 28th August 2019 titled “Karya Seni Gadis Autistik Semarakkan Perpaduan”
31.Bernama – Frontdesk on 28th August 2019 titled “Karya Seni Gadis Autistik Semarakkan Perpaduan”
32.Wilayahku on 29th August 2019 titled “Imej baharu arca Putrajaya”
33.The Star newspaper Malaysia on 4th September 2019 titled “Breaking autism boundary through art”
34.The Sun Daily newspaper Malaysia on 5th September 2019 titled “Knocking down barriers”
35.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)
36.Media Permata Newspaper Brunei on 6th September 2019 titled “Karya gadis autistik meriahkan perpaduan”
38.Kosmo Newspaper Malaysia on 21st September 2019 titled “Karya Wan Jamila Hiasi Putrajaya”
39.Star2.com on 23rd September 2019 titled “5 things to catch at the Art Includes Festival 2019”
40.Harian Metro Newspaper Malaysia on 25th September 2019 titled “Sasar RM500,000 tamping kursus OKU”
41.The Star Newspaper Malaysia on 27th September 2019 titled “Arts fest with heroic mission”
42.The Malaysian Reserve on 30th September 2019 titled “The environment from an autistic teen girl’s perspective”
43. Sin Chew Daily Newspaper on 13th November 2019
44. Jawa Pos Newspaper Indonesia on 1st March 2020 titled “Wan Jamila, Pelukis Autis yang Karyanya Terpajang di Logo Putrajaya Kini Jadi Seniman yang Menginspirasi”
45. The Star on 5th May 2020 titled Malaysian artist with autism wins Asian frontliner-themed poster contest
46. Bernama.com on 10 May 2020 titled “Art Jamila menangi pertandingan melukis poster bertemakan Barisan Hadapan”
47. Bernama.com on 10 May 2020 titled “Autistic artist wins frontliner-themed poster contest based on TV news observations”
48. Borneo Post on 11 May 2020 titled “Autistic artist wins front liner-themed poster contest”
49. Viet Nam News on 18 August 2019 titled “Fest celebrates side of disabilities”
PUBLICATIONS (FEATURED IN MAGAZINES):
She was featured in several magazines like:
1.Gaya Travel (2017), “Selangor’s Passion Expressed Through Crafts From The Heart”.
2.Iris (January 2018), “Young Artist With Big Talent”.
3.“Dewan Siswa” (DBP) April 2018,“Young Autistic Girl_A Shining Star In The Sky”.
4.STAR Media Group_Kuntum. (April 2018), “The Magical Touch Of Jamila”.
5.al-Siha (June 2019), “Karya ‘magis’ Wan Jamila”
6.My Health (June 2019), “Art to replace her words”
7.Senses of Malaysia, Jul/Aug/Sep 2019, “Spectrums of Brilliance”
8. The Edge Magazine “LIVE” Issue 3, “Page 3: Roaring into 2020_The Malaysian Tiger Series 1A” and “Page 131; Art Transcends all Barriers” and “Page 136; “Green Cities Series 1B”
The Health Magazine June 2019 “Art to replace her words”
Senses of Malaysia July/August/September 2019, “Spectrums of Brilliance”
“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.
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.Yahoo.com on 28th August 2019 titled “Autistic teen artist behind Merdeka artwork selected by Dr M predicted fame, says mum”
7.GPSBestari.com on 28th August 2019 titled “’Seawal usia empat tahun lagi banyak melukis dan meluah isi hatinya menerusi lukisan‘ – Ibu Jamila”
8.Infosebenar.com on 28th August 2019 titled “Remaja autisme hasilkan lukisan pada arca Putrajaya”
9.EdisiViral.com on 28th August 2019 titled “Remaja Autisme Hasilkan Lukisan pada Arca Putrajaya”
10.Inspirasi Media on 28th August 2019 titled “Lukisan Yang Terpahat Pada Arca Sempena Sambutan Hari Kebangsaan Adalah Hasil Karya Seorang Remaja Autisme,”
11.Syok.my on 28th August 2019 titled “Celebrating Diversity with Art Includes 2019”
12.Himpunanceritalawak.com on 29th August 2019 titled “Hasil Lukisan Remaja Autisme Ini Gah Tersergam Pada Arca Di Putrajaya. Syabas!”
13.Rojakdaily.com (Astro) on 29th August 2019 titled “17-Year-old Autistic Girl Adorns Putrajaya Signage With Her Beautiful Paintings”
14.Keluarga.my on 30th August 2019 titled “Ketika Kecil, Dia Suka Luahkan Perasaannya Melalui Lukisan. Rahsia Di Sebalik Arca Putrajaya, Rupanya Dilukis Remaja Autisme”
15.Hijabnheels.com (New Straits Times Press) on 30th August 2019 titled “Arca Putrajaya, Hasil Kerja Tangan Gadis Autistik Ini Luar Biasa Cantik!”
16.Enveeus.com on 31st August 2019 titled “Celebrate Specially-Abled Creators at “Art Includes 2019”
17.Diversecity.my on September 2019 titled “Healing Through Art”
18.World Times News on 5th September 2019 titled “Knocking Down Barriers”
19.Experience Malaysia, Tourism Malaysia eNewsletter – September 2019 titled “Art Includes Festival 2019”
20.Syok.my on 28th August 2019 titled “Celebrating Diversity with Art Includes 2019”
21.Msn.com (Msn News) on 27th August 2019 titled ”Lukisan pada arca Putrajaya dihasilkan remaja autisme”
22.Msn.com (Msn News) on 27th August 2019 titled “Autistic teen paints spirit of Merdeka on Putrajaya signage”
23.Malaysian Insight on 8th September 2019 titled “Autistic girl’s art brightens up Putrajaya”
24.Mstar on 30th August 2019 titled “Putrajaya… tak kenal maka tak cinta”
25.Malaysia News Today on 22nd September 2019 titled “5 Things To Catch At The Art Includes Festival 2019”
26.Timeout.com on September 2019 titled “Healing Through Art”
27.SihatMalaysia on 16th October 2019 titled “Kanser bukan Halangan”
28.People System Consultancy on 3rd December 2019 titled “The Future is Accessible”
29.Motherhood.com.my on 4th April 2019 titled “Sunway Putra Mall Launches ‘Autsome April’ For World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) 2019”
30.Edgeprop.my on 19th February 2020 titled “Art transcends all barriers”
31.Mstar.com.my on 10th May 2020 titled “Karya beremosi! Remaja autism Malaysia dinobat juara Asia selepas terjemah penat lelah frontliners atas kanvas”
32.Rojakdaily.com on 13 May 2020 titled “17-Year-Old Malaysian Artist Wins Asian Frontliner-Themed Poster Making Competition”
33.Cari.com.my on 13 May 2020 titled “[Tempatan] Remaja autism Malaysia dinobat juara Asia melalui lukisan ‘Our Heroes Series 1’”
34.Watsupasia.com on 7 May 2020 titled “Malaysian artist with autism wins Asian frontliner-themed poster contest”
MEDIA COVERAGE (SOCIAL MEDIA)
1.Facebook Balai Seni Negara Official on 31st August 2019
2.Berjaya Youth Instagram on 29th August 2019
3.Facebook Malaysian Insight on 9th September 2019 titled “Autistic girl’s art brightens up Putrajaya”
4.Instagram feed TV3 Host – @fedtriyahya on 9 September 2019
5.Instagram story TV3 Host – @irin_putri on 12 September 2019
6.Facebook Unit Fotografi, Jabatan Penerangan Malaysia on 2nd October 2019
7.Facebook Jabatan Penerangan Malaysia on 3rd October 2019
8.Instagram KHM Sungai Pelek on 4th October 2019
9.Facebook Angkatan Koperasi Kebangsaan (M) Bhd – ANGKASA on 7th October 2019
10.Instagram Genius Kurnia Official on 10th October 2019
11.Twitter Gaya Travel on 7 May 2020
12.Facebook Bernama Radio’s post on 10 May 2020 titled ART JAMILA MENANGI PERTANDINGAN MELUKIS POSTER BERTEMAKAN BARISAN HADAPAN
13.Twitter Nak Fakta on 11 May 2020
14.Twitter TGV Cinema on 6 May 2020
15.Facebook Nak Fakta on 11 May 2020
16.Twitter #SukaSukaMy on 8 May 2020
17.Facebook Bernama on 10 May 2020
18.Instagram Starlifestylemy on 6 May 2020
19.Instagram TGV Cinemas on 6 May 2020
20.Instagram Srteonsecurityservices on 7 May 2020
21.Instagram Sukasukamy on 8 May 2020
22.Instagram Dbilique on 12 May 2020
23.Instagram Selamatpagimalaysia on 10 May 2020
24.Instagram srteonsecurityservices on 13 May 2020
25.Facebook TGV Cinemas on 6 May 2020
26.Facebook Artdialogo Asia on 6 May 2020
27.Facebook Artdialogo Asia on 5 May 2020
28.Instagram Mstaronlineofficial on 5 May 2020
29.Instagram HawaRizwana on 16 May 2020
30.Twitter Dr Wan Azizah Ismail on 6 May 2020
31.Twitter Sabahfm Official, 11 May 2020
32.Twitter One News Official, 11 May 2020
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.
19 August 2017 in SiennyLovesDrawing Vimeo channel entitled “ArtJamila ~ an amazing talented Malaysian Autism artist”
7 January 2020 in TV2 Galeri Nasional Mandarin
3 March 2020 in TV1 Selamat Pagi Malaysia “Memartabatkan Seni” (Langkawi Art Biennale 2020)”
7 May 2020 in Facebook Live Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysian titled “Sidang Media: Perkembangan COVID-19 Di Malaysia”
7 May 2020 in Star TV “Malaysian artist with autism wins Asian frontliner-themed poster contest”
7 May 2020 in The Star titled “Autistic Malaysian artist wins Asian frontliner-themed poster contest”
7 May 2020 in Facebook The Star titled “Malaysian artist with autism wins Asian frontliner-themed poster contest”
Malaysian artist with autism wins Asian frontliner-themed poster contest
Wan Jamila Wan Shaiful Bahri, an artist with autism, has won first place in a poster-making contest organised by Artdialogo Asia in collaboration with Kazakhstan-based The Children Are Painting The World Social Fund.Known professionally as Artjamila, the 17-year-old self-taught painter and her mother Noorhashimah Mohamed Noordin spoke to The Star via Skype on the contest.WATCH MORE: https://thestartv.com/c/newsSUBSCRIBE: https://cutt.ly/TheStarLIKE: https://fb.com/TheStarOnlinePosted by The Star on Khamis, 7 Mei 2020
11 May 2020 in TV1 titled “Artjamila Lukisan Untukmu, Wira-wira Hadapan Negara”
11 May 2020 in TV1 Berita Perdana 8pm titled “Kejayaan yang tidak disangka”
7 May 2020 in Dailymotion The Star TV titled “Malaysian artist with autism wins Asian frontliner-themed poster contest”
11 May 2020 in Facebook Live Berita RTM titled “Kejayaan yang tidak disangka”
12 May 2020 in TV1 Bicara Inspirasi titled “Kisah Inspirasi”
18 May 2020 in TV1 Selamat Pagi Malaysia for Teachers Day Celebration “PKPB : PENGORBANAN GURU MELAHIRKAN GENERASI BERILMU”
Twitter Onenews on 11 May 2020 titled “PKPB: Artjamila… Lukisan Untukmu Wira-Wira Hadapan Negara”
Facebook Onenews on 11 May 2020 titled “PKPB: Artjamila… Lukisan Untukmu Wira-Wira Hadapan Negara”
TV1 RTM Selamat Pagi Malaysia on 25 May 2020 titled “Sinarkan Syawal Ceria di Rumah @ RTM”
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
Lite FM – Lite Breakfast with Shaz titled “Wan Jamila and Professor Noor Hashimah On #TheLITEBreakfast”
Link to the podcast: https://lite.my/podcast/podcast-category/lite-breakfast#!/%2319299
#TheLITEBreakfast: Wan Jamila and Professor Noor Hashimah
Wan Jamila (Art Jamila), an artist living with autism joined Shaz this week on #TheLITEBreakfast together with her mother, Professor Noor Hashimah. The talented artist shared how she fell in love with art, while her mother talked about how she found the strength to fight colon cancer while raising a child with autism.Posted by LITE (Malaysia) on Rabu, 11 Disember 2019
MEDIA COVERAGE (Video for magazine The Health):
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.