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Lot 046

b. Johor, 1950


Signed and dated ‘YG 92’ lower right
Mixed media on paper
36cm x 53.5cm

Private collection, Penang; acquired through GaleriWan,
Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE  RM 5,000 - 8,000

Verging on fully abstract, silhouettes of physical forms – all seemingly in a ceaseless movement – are discernible in this work on paper from Yusof Ghani’s sought after Tari series. The tugs-and-pull of figures in rhythmic surge and antithetical clashes comes in a subdued palette of earthy browns, with strokes of blues peeking through the space between figures. Artist-critic-historian J. Anu observed: “Through aggressive brushstrokes and rapid lines exploding on the canvas of frantic dancers, Yusof seems to say that anger can be beautiful.”

Yusof Ghani was awarded a scholarship to study at George Mason University, USA. He graduated with a BFA (Graphic Art) in 1981 and pursued his MFA (Fine Art) at Catholic University in Washington in 1983. Before his American studies, he had worked as an artist-illustrator (Agriculture Ministry, 1967), an instructor (Fisheries Institute, Penang, 1971) and a graphic artist (RTM, 1977). On his return, he lectured at the Universiti MARA Institute of Technology.

Siri Tari by Yusof Ghani, Hijjas Kasturi, Exhibition: Paintings Drawings and Installation Works, Galeri Citra, Kuala Lumpur, 1989.
South East Asian Art Today, Roeder Publications, 1992.
From Tari To Topeng, Rusli Hashim Fine Art, 1996.