b. Kuala Terengganu, 1967
OMBAK MERAH, 2009
Signed and dated 'Suzlee Ibrahim 2009' lower right
Inscribed 'OMBAK SERIES OMBAK MERAH 2009
Suzlee Ibrahim' on reverse
Oil on canvas
102cm x 158cm
Private collection, Kuala Lumpur.
ESTIMATE RM 13,000 - 19,000
PRICE REALISED RM 39,600
|The Ombak series captures Suzlee Ibrahim’s childhood memories of the sea in Kuala Terengganu where he grew up. Located in the east coast of Peninsula Malaysia, the city experiences tropical monsoon climate with the heaviest rainfall at the end of each year. The artist witnessed the adversity of the kampung life with fishermen find difficulties to make ends meet during this time.
In his previous Movement series (1995-2005), Suzlee had employed rigourous brushwork that dances and moves rhythmically on the canvas to capture the movement of all living things. His inspiration for the Ombak series was derived from the sound and motion of crashing waves. The execution is less belligerent than his later Monsoon series. Here, the bold hints of red strikingly emerge from the centre dissolving across the corners of the canvas against the soft pastel hues of beige, pink, grey and white. The rhythmic balance of colour splatters and splashes resemble his influence as Suzlee has stated: “I love the spontaneity of Jackson Pollock, the brushstrokes of de Kooning and Franz Kline's composition. I've always refered to these artists, but now I've already established my own stlye.”
Suzlee Ibrahim graduated from UiTM, Shah Alam in 1987, majoring in Fine Arts. He has been actively involved in the art scene with his participation in numerous associations such as Persatuan Pelukis Malaysia (1990), Angkatan Pelukis Semenanjung (1997) and most recently The International Society of Assemblage and Collage Artists, Colarado, USA (2012). He has participated in more than 500 group exhibitions across the UK, USA, Europe and Asia. He has a number of awards such as In Recognition of Outstanding Creative Excellence, Emaar International Art Symposium, Dubai (2005) and the International Honarary Artistic Committee Award in Greece (2007). His first solo featuring his Monsoon Series I was held at Shah Alam Gallery in 1998. His recent solo exhibition Kingdom was held at PINKGUY Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur in 2012.