By Nurfardlina Izzati Moktar
PORT DICKSON, Dec 26: A portrait on canvas is common but a pyrography portrait, which involves burning pictures on different surfaces, most commonly on wood, is becoming more sought-after and popular for those who wish to capture their memories.
A young artist, Azrul Nizam Muhamad makes beautiful portraits using pyrography by combining craftsmanship, painting and carpentry elements despite a neurological disorder that once made him unable to walk.
The owner of Ajoywood Art & Design Enterprise said he specialises in portrait and calligraphy.
“My wood burning artwork of famous actors from the Philippines, Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil, became viral on social media in 2017, since then, my artwork starts to receive more request from Malaysia as well as overseas such as Brunei, the Philippines and Yemen,” he told Bernama recently.
He had also made a custom wood burned signboard for Tengku Permaisuri of Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin and his wood burned calligraphy was bought by Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof.
Ajoy, as he is affectionately known, said he stumbled upon his talent when he was cutting wood using a blunt machine, which caused a burning effect on the surface of the wood.
“Since then, I have been experimenting with different techniques to create portrait and calligraphy using specially modified fire burners,” he said.
Azrul Nizam said he prefers pine wood, which will be treated first at his workshop in Kampung Paya Baru here.
He is using only electrical soldering iron, a grinder and modified burners to produce his stunning works.
“It takes up to six days depending on the size to complete one portrait and each portrait will be sold between RM380 and RM6,000,” he said.
The holder of a Master’s degree in Design Technology from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), who now has three employees, said he has begun to train and teach his employees the pyrography skills.
“I also make wood portraits and about 300 portraits have been sold since 2017. Wood portrait is an alternative to wood-burned portrait, which is priced between RM58 and RM140 depending on the size,” he said.