Lot 012

Maamor Jantan
b. Kedah, 1961

Yue Liang Dai Biao Wo De Xin
(The Moon Represents My Heart) III
, 2016

signed and dated (lower right)
watercolour on paper
73 x 101cm

Private collection, Selangor

ESTIMATE RM 4,000 – 7,000
The Moon Represents My Heart is a Mandarin song sung by an evergreen Taiwanese singer Teresa Teng. It is a beautifully written love song that was admired as one of the greatest Chinese songs of all time. The soft romantic hues in this piece further enhance the mood of the setting whilst people seem to indulge deeply in the moment. The fusion of Eastern and Western musical instruments!

In Malay art circles, he is known as Mr. Cakcibor (The Dragonfly Man), although everyone knows his name, Maamor Jantan. A protégé of Khalil Ibrahim, Maamor Jantan has come of his own through sheer diligence and practices. He would go all around the country to paint, often with his group of friends and at one time with Khalil himself. He has set a palette of mauve hues from light to darker (nocturnal scenes) with delicate transparency. Whether it is a Malay kampung scene, kenduri, fishing village, the country landscapes, his Cakcibor will be there, large and small. Mentored by Khalil in 1984 when he was an apprentice machinist, it took him nearly 30 years before he had his first solo, titled Figment Of Imagination at Universiti Malaya Art Gallery, in April 2014, showing some 150 works. He was a resident artist there, and also had a stint at Belanda Gallery in Langkawi. He is also from the core Conlay group of artists. He is also a musician, leading a traditional keroncong (Malay orchestra) group which even performs in Indonesia.