Sufian Hamri @ TR853-1 (Singapore)

Sufian Hamri is an interdisciplinary artist with knowledge deeply rooted in graffiti and street art. More affectionately known as TR853-1 (pronounced TraseOne), he first made his mark on the streets in 1999, painting street murals and creating illustrations for shops, festivals and ad hoc advertisements on commission.

His extensive involvement in community service and grooming the local street art scene, as well as art direction in the annual Singapore Street Festival (SSF) since 2002, earned him the SSF Star Youth Leader Award in 2005. That same year, he became the pioneer recipient of the inaugural Goh Chok Tong Youth Promise Award, the highest award ever conferred to a street artist of which to date, he is the only street artist to be given such an honor by a Senior Minister. The following year, he was granted the LASALLE Degree Scholarship, and graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts with a BA (Hons) in Fine Arts in 2007. He was then invited as a Singapore and LASALLE representative to attend OPEN SPACE, an international art workshop that was part of the DOCUMENTA 12 International Art Exhibition in Kassel Germany that same year.

Sufian has since had his work exhibited in numerous commissioned art projects as well as gallery exhibitions on both local and global platform. With a string of clientele under his belt, namely OCBC Bank and PUMA, Sufian is quickly gaining a decent following of collectors of his art works. Sufian is interested in social/cultural behavior and current affairs, and very often engages the viewer to identify underlying issues hidden beneath his subversively playful and conceptually witty intervention works. His paintings are not merely visuals on surface; they interact with the canvas or its space to create a more intimate relationship between subject and surface.