Lot 009

Mansor Ghazalli
b. Perak, 1930 – d. 2009

Untitled, 1990s

signed ‘mansor ghazalli’ (lower right)
watercolour on paper
34 x 52cm

Private collection, Kuala Lumpur

ESTIMATE RM 5,000 – 8,000
Mansor Ghazalli produced a skilful rendering based on a study from life. The scene is framed by a dock extending towards a tranquil river. Wooden stilt houses and trees are depicted in the foreground. The focal point is enlivened by the small figures of a man reuniting with his family. The treatment of colours, and reflection of light from the water add to the sense of calm, showing a glimpse of life along the river.

As a child in school, Mansor Ghazalli had a tendency to indulge in drawing and creativity. Although he did not receive support from school, his father encouraged him to pursue his talent and continue drawing. Mansor studied at Clifford School Kuala Kangsar before joining Institut Latihan Perguruan in Johor (1952), later joining the Specialist Teachers Institute in Kuala Lumpur. He was claimed to be one of the earliest Malay students majoring in architecture in Brighton, England in 1962. Mansor’s work is characterised by his ability to inject an exhilaration and feeling of deep affection for the natural environment, painting with the aims of showing his appreciation for the beauty of nature.