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Lot 045

FAUZUL YUSRI
b. Kedah, 1974

PLAYGROUND, 2007


Signed and dated ‘fauzul yusri 2007’ lower left
Mixed media on canvas
183cm x 183cm


PROVENANCE
Private collection, Kuala Lumpur; acquired through Taksu
Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.

EXHIBITED
Ground, Taksu, Kuala Lumpur, 2007; illustrated on front cover of catalogue.


ESTIMATE  RM 16,000 - 22,000
PRICE REALISED  RM 19,800

Known for his distinctively naïve stylistic manner of drawing, Fauzul Yusri captures his audience with the sophistication of his mark-makings. Discernible images of a car, a cage and flowers emerge in this graffiti style, but markings of numbers, all separate, abound with streaks of white paint seemingly at random over the white canvas. There are the odd shapes outlined in black and red, and even erased marks in other parts. They may, at first glance, look like random doodles of a child, but the entire composition is filled with clear instinct and intent of the artist.

In 2011, Fauzul describes his series as follows: “Foremost, my works are a response to the formalistic approach to my canvases. Guris is about lines, Raw is about the process, Play is about layers, and Ground and Primitive is about surface”. On offer is Playground, from his superlative Ground series exhibited at Taksu Gallery in 2007. This profound piece has been illustrated on the front cover of the solo exhibition catalogue.

Fauzul Yusri graduated from Universiti ITM in Shah Alam in 1999 and since then has been exhibiting in various galleries in Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore and the UK. He was given his first solo by Elm Quay Fine Arts in 2001, which was called simply Works on Canvas. His other solo exhibitions include Ground (2007), Raw (2009), Guris (2011) and more recently, Coreng, (2013) at Taksu Gallery, Kuala Lumpur and Play (2009) in Singapore. He has also participated in numerous group shows since 1996 with leading art galleries namely Pace Gallery, National Art Gallery Malaysia, Soka Gakkai Malaysia, Valentine Willie Fine Art, NN Gallery and more. Fauzul Yusri also received special Mentions in the Young Contemporary Artists in 2002 and Bank Negara’s Kijang Awards in 2004. His work has been collected by Bank Negara Malaysia, EQ Fine Arts Gallery Kuala Lumpur, HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad, National Art Gallery Malaysia and Seksan Design to name but a few.