Lot 079

Ahmad Zakii Anwar
b. Johor, 1955

Triplicity, 1999

signed and dated (lower right)
acrylic on linen
120 x 266cm, triptych

Barbara Greene Fine Art, New York, 1999
Disclosure: Galeri Petronas, 2008

Ahmad Zakii Anwar: Disclosure,
Galeri Petronas, 2008, p. 140

Private collection, Kuala Lumpur

ESTIMATE RM 40,000 – 70,000

The well-endowed physique, Male or Female, is both a celebration and a denigration. The well-toned musculature in the right places could only be had with a disciplined regime of right exercises, but to others conservative and unexposed and ignorant, it is an object of opprobrium. It is interesting to see such Adonis measure of beauty is something admired and feared, celebrated and vilified. Film-maker U-Wei Bin Saari was right when he revealed that Ahmad Zakii Anwar’s figure types are imbued with a theatricality in the silent poses. The anatomy is revealing of the characteristics that aid certain physical movement and action. Arrayed in three dramatic poses — front, back and sideways in the centre — there is a certain Godlike quality about it.

Ahmad Zakii Anwar’s mid-career survey exhibition, Disclosure, at Galeri Petronas in 2008, is one of the most compelling, encapsulating a world-view and career told in still-life, animals, traditional dances and the dark side of urban life. After quitting a lucrative advertising career, he made a huge impact with his Smokers Series in Kuala Lumpur in 1997. He graduated from the Mara Institute of Technology in 1977. His solos abroad included Presence (1999) and Bones And Sinews (2011) in the United States, Kota Sunyi (Indonesia, 2007), Shadowland (Hong Kong, 2001) and Baik Art (South Korea, 2013), apart from his Singapore Tyler Print stint in 2007.