Mohd. Baktiar Bin Zainol Abeedin aka Bach Zainol was born on the 30th of April 1979 in Singapore. He has always had a passion for fine arts and crafts since his childhood. It gave him a sense of fulfillment and enjoyment. It gave him a chance to escape and in a sense control ; the chaos in life. Drawings, music and poetry were his angels.
As he got older, he continued to pursue his tertiary education in the arts at LaSalle College of the Arts, formerly in Goodman Road, in 1997 and graduated in 2000. He then continued to pursue his degree in the year 2001 and graduated in 2002. Here was where he explored the different art forms and started to develop his own style and language.
Briefly after he received from his BA, Bach set up Chromatose ArtXplorations, a partnership with fellow schoolmate and also wife, Diyana Mahadi, who was a printmaker. Chromatose was located at Peninsula Shopping Complex. Morbid Ink, Chromatose's line of limited silkscreened t-shirts was established and gained a respectable following. Local artists's limited T-shirt labels were also featured and sold there, like 'Strange' and local artist's Andre Tan's 'happyendoftheworld'. Chromatose also offered various art and graphic services like silkscreen services, portraiture and graphic design. Chromatose ceased operation in July 2004 and has only recently in 2013, been revived as a home-based establishment under the name Chromatose Arts
In 2005, Bach worked at a music record store for 3 years while still freelancing and practicing now and then. In 2008, he was employed by The Republic Cultural Centre
, an arts and cultural department of Republic Polytechnic as an In-house Graphic Designer. He came up with the concept art of their various yearly festivals such as Momentum Dance Festival, IGNITE! Music Festival and Reflections Arts Festival, and also other events related to the department and Republic Polytechnnic's. He was also involved in event marketing & website management.
Recently Bach received his Masters degree in Fine Arts at LaSalle College of the Arts. During the program, Bach continues to use experiences of illness as inspiration in his works but with a strong intent to break free of this particular obsessive content (cultivated by medical routines); by distancing the personal through the use of allegory. His methodology consists of self-censorship through exploring different processes of creation and mediums. Despite moving forward from his raw and expressionistic foundation, Bach still believes that fine art should be honest and come from the heart.
Bach is interested in the study of the psychology of art, the therapeutic & healing art forms, outsider art & symbolism and allegory in art.
Artist References & Inspiration: Frida Kahlo, Carl Jung, Robert Pope, Alfred Kubin, Jack Kevourkian, William Blake, Francis Bacon, Henry Fuseli, Leon Spilliaert, Max Klinger, Raymond Pettibon, Edvard Munch, William Kurelek, Egon Schiele, Ralph Steadman, William Kentridge, David Shrigley, Aubrey Beardsley, Odilon Redon, Damien Hirst, Tim Burton, David Lynch, Alfred Hitchcock, Clive Barker, Stephen Jones, Edgar Allen Poe, Salvador Dali, Bill Plympton, and many more.