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Lot 063

b. Kedah, 1948


Oil and acrylic on canvas
119cm x 119cm

Private collection, Penang; acquired through Art Point Gallery, Penang.

ESTIMATE  RM 25,000 - 35,000

“I want the colours of my paintings to be like the music of the reed, symbolically seen as the externalisation of an inner movement, just as musical tones work through wind instruments from inside out. We live our true lives in the depths of our hearts, not in the superficial masks of personality which we show to the world.” – Dato’ Sharifah Fatimah Zubir

This work is masterfully structured, demarcated into four chambers with a more static geometric top half, linked at the centre with a flexi-looking organic clasp with areas of gorgeously mixed prismatic colours. Here, there is interplay of colours vibrating in its separate entity and with one another. The unique resonance can only be fully experienced when viewing the physical painting in its entirety.

Dato’ Sharifah Fatimah Zubir is known for her unique abstract art infused with divine truth, lyrical symbolisms and a spectrum of local colours. She was the Best Student when she graduated from the Mara Institute of Technology in 1971, which she followed up with a First Class Honours for her BFA at Reading University, England in 1976 and her Masters under the JDR III Fund Fellowship at Pratt Institute in New York from 1976 to 1978. She has had solos all over the world since she held her first solo show at Alpha Gallery, Singapore in 1972. She has won several prestigious awards including the Minor Award, Malaysian Landscapes (1972), the Major Award, Salon Malaysia (1979), and the Minor Award in the Young Contemporary Artist in 1981. A curator with the National Art Gallery from 1982 to 1989, she has been a full-time artist since 1990. In 2006, she was bestowed the ‘Dato’ title by the Sultan of Kedah – the first woman artist to have been honoured for her artistic merit.

Sharifah Fatimah Syed Zubir: Notes of a Journey 40@60, Artfolio, Kuala Lumpur, 2008.
Risalah dari Malaysia, Pustaka Cipta Sdn. Bhd., 1996.