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Lot 049

b. Johor, 1955


Signed ‘Ahmad Zakii Anwar’ upper right
Monoprint with etching, printed from one copperplate and
with found object printing
127cm x 102cm (handmade STPI paper)
102cm x 61cm (print)

Private collection, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE  RM 15,000 - 18,000

This work was one of several different versions done during the artist’s workshop project at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI). The first Malaysian to be invited into its Visiting Artists Programme (VAP), Ahmad Zakii Anwar has always been interested to explore Man’s inner nature and his relationship with the outer, physical self, and sees the ‘body being an expression of the soul.’ This large etching resembles a figure drawing of the Old Masters filled with spiritual power. The man with his head downcast and arms also lowered at the sides with outstretched palms can be viewed at several levels – a release from worldly possessions in an act of freedom; a gesture of prayer; a capitulation or despondency.

From a successful advertising background, Ahmad Zakii Anwar switched full-time to fine art in the early 1990s and has become a master of Urban Realism. A graduate of Graphic Design in the Mara Institute of Technology in 1977, he made a great impact with the Smoker series in his first solo in 1997. Zakii came to attention with his virtuosity and command of a spectrum of media from charcoals to oils, building a reputation for stunning photorealist still-life paintings and expressive portraits. His career milestones were noted in 2007 when he joined the premier ranks in the artist’s workshop project at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute, as well as a mid-career survey exhibition Disclosure held at Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur in 2008. In recent years, he has had a number of notable exhibitions overseas such as Bones and Sinews, Andrewshire Gallery (USA, 2011), Kota Sunyi, C.P. Art Space (Indonesia, 2007), Shadowland, Plum Blossoms Gallery (Hong Kong, 2001) and Presence, Barbara Greene Fine Art (USA, 1999).

Distant Gamelan, Art Focus Gallery, Singapore, 1998.

Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Primordial Dreams, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, 2005.