Lot 002

Maamor Jantan
b. Kedah, 1961

Siri Pemandangan, 2009

signed and dated
‘MAAMOR JANTAN 09’ (lower right)
watercolour on paper
51 x 74cm

Private collection, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE RM 5,000 – 8,000
Depicted in the scene is a tranquil village composed of a dynamic interplay of light and shadow. A figure is seen commuting via bicycle which brings to mind the nostalgic memories of a village life that is harmonious and peaceful.

In Malay art circles, he is known as Mr. Cakcibor (The Dragonfly Man), although everyone 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 palette 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 Art Gallery, 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.