Lot 010

b. Kedah, 1961


Signed and dated (lower right)
Watercolour on paper
55cm x 75cm

Private collection, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE RM 4,000 - 7,000

In Malay art circles, he is known as Mr Cakcibor (The Dragonfly Man), although every one knows his name, Maamor Jantan. A protégé of Khalil Ibrahim, Maamor Jantan has come of his own through sheer diligence and practices. He would go all around the country to paint, often with his group of friends and at one time with Khalil himself, when he was more mobile. He has set a palatte of mauve hues from light to darker (nocturnal scenes) with delicate transparency. Whether it is a Malay kampung scene, kenduri, fishing village, the country landscapes, his Cakcibor will be there, large and small. Mentored by Khalil in 1984 when he was an apprentice machinist, it took him nearly 30 years before he had his first solo, titled, Figment of Imagination, at Universiti Malaya, in April 2014, showing some 150 works. He was a resident artist there, and also had a stint at Belanda Gallery in Langkawi. He is also from the core Conlay group of artists. He is also a musician, leading a traditional keroncong (Malay orchestra) group which even performs in Indonesia.

Figment of Imagination (Universiti Malaya, 2014)