b. Terengganu, 1967
FESTIVAL (OMBAK SERIES), 2009
Signed and dated 'Suzlee Ibrahim 2009' (lower right)
Acrylic and oil on canvas
102cm x 158cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
ESTIMATE RM 13,000 - 19,000
PRICE REALISED RM 46,200
|This work lies at the tail end of his Ombak series inspired by the sound of the crashing waves that started in 2007 which inspired the Monsoon series (2009 - 2010). At this time, there were three other overlapping series – Sakura, Wall (2008 - 2009) and Melody (2009). The spontaneous splash of energetic red and cooling blue is dominated by grey tones with calligraphic black streaks reminiscent of Franz Kline. It betrays inspiration from the drip painting of Jackson Pollock with the ‘control’ of Willem de Kooning. He said: “For me, everything in life moves. Movement is life. Life must be continued and life itself is a process of movement.” Suzlee recalls the gaiety of the banned Main Pantai beach festivals (puja) popular in Kuala Terengganu in the 1970s during his childhood. “It was like a Family Day for the farmers to gather and celebrate after the harvesting season,” he said.
Suzlee Ibrahim graduated from the University Mara Institute of Technology campus in Kuala Perlis in 1987. He worked in advertising and publishing companies before starting to teach for a total of 16 years at UiTM, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Intan, and teaching fulltime in 2009 at the National Arts Culture and Heritage Academy (Aswara). He received the Anugerah Citra Kencana by UKM in 2011. He has held more than 22 solo shows in 26 years at home and abroad including his Movement Series (III) in Leicester, England in 2000. His works has been featured at auction houses in Singapore and Denmark. He has been invited to numerous international workshops, symposiums and festivals including the 8th Tunisian Arts Festival in Monastir in 2010.