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Lot 018

b. Perak, 1961


Inscribed '12/20 Menarik Kerbau Juhari Said 2005' lower left
Woodblock print on paper, edition 12 of 20
80cm x 135cm

Private collection, Kuala Lumpur.

Muhibah Senirupa: Malaysia - Jordan, Galeri Shah Alam, Selangor, 2006.

ESTIMATE  RM 8,000 - 12,000
Juhari Said imbues his technically accomplished works with a socio-cultural-political edge by using the pepatah Melayu (Malay adage) as a cautionary tale. Menarik Kerbau, the English equivalent of dumb-driven cattle, is part of his socio-political barbs that included Ayam Jantan. He confided to being effete intellectually at this stage, facing a mid-life crisis in his then mid-40s, and he virtually dragged him out of a potential stupor with this. The kerbau is also a symbol of masculinity but in so being able to be dragged away easily is a form of weakness. He created this during a workshop of the Muhibah Senirupa Malaysia-Jordan in Kelantan and the works were exhibited at Galeri Shah Alam in March 2006.

Juhari Said is one of the finest printmakers in Malaysia today, having mastered the technical aspects of printmaking in Paris in 1993 under a French Government grant and traditional woodblock print under the sinseh Yoshisuke Funasaka in Tokyo in 1994 under the Japan Foundation Research Grant. Juhari won the Major Prize (Printmaking) in the 1991-92 Salon Malaysia for his piece Tiga Cawan Kopi and also the 1990 Permodalan Nasional Bhd Award. In his final year at the Mara Institute of Technology in Shah Alam in 1983 after a first-year foundation stint in Dungun, he chose the difficult technique of woodcut in his final year. He was a Creative Fellow at Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang in 2008. In 2009, he was awarded the Anugerah Karyawan Seni by the Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry.

Akal di Mata Pisau, Malaysian National Reinsurance Bhd, 2003.