Khairullah Rahim (B.1987) graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) from LASALLE College of the Arts, in partnership with Goldsmiths, College of London in 2013. He was also a recipient of the Future Leader Scholarship (Full) from the college. Though formally trained in the field of painting, he also creates assemblages and sculptural installations.
His practice explores stories that are concerned with experiences of oppression and prejudice against communities whose identities do not fit within society. In response, survival and thriving strategies have emerged as recurring points of discussion and consideration throughout his works. While his idiosyncratic works may evoke a distinctive joyful demeanour, they are however loaded with stories of loss and marginalisation.
Khairullah Rahim has shown in exhibitions such as Singapore Biennale 2019: A Step in the Right Direction (Gillman Barracks, 2019), Object of Desire (Tiger Strikes Asteroid New York, 2019), The Incredible Frolic (Yavuz Gallery, 2018), If you think I winked, I did. (FOST Gallery, 2015), CRUISE (SHOPHOUSE5, Chan Hampe Galleries, 2015), No Approval (Grey Projects, 2013), and PROJECT 6581 (JCC, Embassy of Japan, 2013) to name a few. He was the winner of the inaugural edition of IMPART Awards in 2017 and has also been actively participating in artist residency programs, namely Youkobo Artist Residency(Tokyo, Japan), Taipei Artist Village (Taipei, Taiwan), Hubei Institute of Fine Arts (China), Facebook (Singapore) and Salzburger Kunstverein (Salzburg, Austria). His works are within private and public collections like Singapore Art Museum and SUNPRIDE Foundation, Hong Kong.
Currently, he is a part-time lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts and is exclusively represented by Yavuz Gallery.