Lot 078

Ronnie Mohamad
b. Johor, 1978

Tug Of War Series, 2014

signed and dated (lower right)
mixed media on canvas
91 x 244cm, diptych

Private collection, Kuala Lumpur

ESTIMATE RM 20,000 – 36,000

The tug-of-war, just like hand-wrestling, is a test of strength and strategy, the first between two equally matched contending groups and the latter between two opponents. In the tug-of-war, the game is to drag the opposing team across a halfway line. The anchor stays at the back as a stanchion against the team’s removal. Teamwork, trust and discipline are as important as brute strength to ensure superiority.  

Self-taught Ronnie Mohamad has established himself as one of the main proponents of figure paintings especially in charcoal since he started at the Conlay art colony some two decades ago when the prices of his works were only two-digits to now hitting six digits! He held his first solo, An Exploration, at the PurpleHouz Gallery in 2013, and another at the National Art Gallery Malaysia in May 2018. He got his break in 2016 when he took part in the Hong Kong Art Fair and Tourism Malaysia promoted his works in Helsinki, Finland. In 2017, he was selected for the 1st Kuala Lumpur Biennale.