AHMAD FUAD OSMAN
b. Kedah, 1969
Signed and dated 'A.Fuad Osman 2005' lower right
Inscribed 'Untitled - 18th Feb.2005.Pinto Gallery, Grand
Heights, Antipolo, Philippines' lower centre
Charcoal on paper
68cm x 51cm
Private collection, Kuala Lumpur.
ESTIMATE RM 4,000 - 7,000
PRICE REALISED RM 4,400
A member of the Matahati artists’ co-operative founded in 1989, Ahmad Fuad Osman is a multi-disciplinary artist working and experimenting in painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, video, performance and theatre. This work was done in between Fuad’s sojourns in Vermont, USA and the Goyang Studio just outside Seoul, South Korea. It was a time that Fuad decided to break off from the comfort zone of being at the core of things, to one of dislocation and alienation. Starting first with abstract, Fuad had moved strongly into figuratives in 1994. His materials are sometimes the readymade - photographs and videos which he splices together and re-presents them as different entities in different contexts, often for an ironic twist. His themes revolve around identity crisis and spirituality, and questions of the self in a post-modernist and globalised regime as exemplified in this plated humanoid. He had intoned: “Art is self-introspection, demanding commitment and honesty to what that is expressed.”
After graduating with a BFA (Major in Painting, Minor in Printmaking) from UiTM in 1991, Fuad spent a year as set designer. He won residencies in the popular Vermont Studio Centre in the United States in 2004 and the Asian Artist Fellowship at Goyang Artist Studio in South Korea from 2005 to 2006. From 2007 to 2008, he was the Malaysian representative chosen for Rimbun Dahan artist’s residency. In 2000 and 2003, he was a Juror’s Choice in the Asean Art Awards Malaysia-level competitions. He was also a Juror’s Choice winner in the APB Signature Art Prize (Singapore) in 2008.
MATAHATI – For Your Pleasure, Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur, 2008.