AWANG DAMIT AHMAD
b. Sabah, 1956
Signed and dated on the reverse
Mixed media on canvas
96cm x 82cm
Private collection, Selangor.
PINKGUY Conservation Framing for this Lot.
ESTIMATE RM 45,000 - 75,000
|Essence of Culture (EOC, or Intipati Budaya), Awang Damit Ahmad’s maiden series of artworks, represents his world-view about Man and Nature, about striking a balance between the strange interdependence and perpetual battles. From his own symbolic language of the implements of the farmers and the fishermen, the mainstays of his Kuala Penyu community, it is nostalgia personified, but more importantly so, it sings about a spirit of resilience, determination and eventually, triumph. With a life span of a decade from 1985-1995 (some said 1996), the EOC already presaged the superstar Awang Damit Ahmad (ADA) is going to be although he is a relatively late-starter in art, starting when he was 27. After non-Art jobs, he studied for his BFA at the Universiti ITM, winning the Best Student Award in 1983. During this phase: ADA had been selected for the major Contemporary Paintings of Malaysia exhibition at the Asia-Pacific Museum in Pasadena, Los Angeles; Obtained his Master’s in Fine Art at the Catholic University in Washington DC, United States, 1989-1990; and, Won the biggest art prize on offer in Malaysia in a decade, the 1st Prize (and also Consolation Prize) in the Salon Malaysia III organised by the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, for his work, Nyanyian Petani Gunung (now in Petronas Collection). In 1988, he also won 2nd Prize in the Malaysian Bank Association art competition. He taught Art from 1985-1988, and 1990 to May 2011, when he retired to go fulltime into Art, during which time he headed the Fine Art Department (Sept 1977-Sept 1998) and was made Associate Professor (Jan 2000 to May 2011).
Awang Damit Ahmad 1985-2015: bioRETRO (Pantau IRAGA, 2015)