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Lot 098

b. Kedah, 1962


Signed and dated ‘Zulkifli Yusoff 09’ lower right
Mixed media on canvas
121.9cm x 91.4cm

Private collection, Penang.

Zulkifli Yusoff: A Historical Survey, 1996 to 2009,
Art Salon@SENI, Kuala Lumpur, 2010; illustrated on
catalogue back cover.

ESTIMATE  RM 7,000 - 10,000

Zulkifli Yusoff, after a bout of installations inspired by Malay history and literature, returns to the conventional painting, delving into the Malay cultural psyche in decal portraits of the Jalan Ampas superstar couple, Tan Sri P. Ramlee and Saloma. The harsh reality of everyday life contrasts sharply with the glamour of the silver screen of the Pop Yeh-Yeh days. This work came after his ICONS exhibition which marked the artist’s return after an eight-year hiatus due to his teaching duties. It was certainly a different Zulkifli resurfacing and re-emerging as artist-academician-theoretician Hasnul J. Saidon observed in his article, Re-Framing Zulkifli Yusoff, about Zulkifli’s works being “tightly composed, image-orientated (rather than gestural) and feature architectural pictorial plot. They are littered with text and multiple iconic images taken from various sources – thus acting as supplementary signifiers or index for his viewers to decode.”

Zulkifli Yusoff is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Art in Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Tanjung Malim, Perak. He was conferred the National Academic Award (Visual Arts) in 2007. He pursued his Masters at Manchester Polytechnic, England in 1991, after his Diploma at the Mara Institute of Technology in 1989. He became a local art superstar when he won the coveted Grand Minister’s Prize and the Major Award for Sculpture at the 3rd Salon Malaysia in 1992. In 1988 and 1989, he won the Major Award in the Young Contemporary Artists competition. He was selected for the 1st Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art exhibition in Brisbane, Australia in 1993 and exhibited at the Venice Biennale fringe in 1997. He also took part in the Seychelles Biennale in 1992 and was in the Malaysian team that won Second Prize in the Sand Sculpture Hong Kong competition in 1988. He had recently represented Malaysia at the 2013 Art Stage fair in Singapore with his compelling installation pieces Rukunegara 2 “The Voice 1” and Rukunegara 2 “The Voice 4”. Another installation piece entitled Pendita is currently on display at the Singapore Art Museum The Collectors Show – Weight of History until 5 May 2013.

South East Asian Art Today,
Roeder Publications, 1992.

Powerful Dialogue: The Art of Zulkifli Yusoff, The Art Gallery, Penang, 2000.
Zulkifli Yusoff: Icons, Wei-Ling Gallery, 2008.