Lot 042

b. Johor, 1968


Signed and dated 'Johan Marjonid 2010' (lower right)
Acrylic on canvas
76cm x 188cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE  RM 15,000 - 20,000

Johan Marjonid is known to create realistic still images of nature. He captures the serenity of the tropical rainforest, rivers and lakes in Malaysia particularly of the Royal Belum Rainforest and Tasik Banding in Perak. Not only do his paintings illustrate the exquisiteness of nature, they convey a sense of pride and gratefulness for the rich soil of Mother Nature. Cool and Mysterious I depicts the trunks and branches of mossy rainforest trees in cool blue and dewy green that radiates freshness. Found in cloud forest, the abundance of mosses covering the vegetation is attributable to a persistent or seasonal low-level cloud covering the canopy level, where moisture is introduced by the settling clouds. Masterfully composed in a horizontal format, an incredible sense of depth is created, allowing the viewer to be immersed experientially in the panoramic view.

Johan Marjonid received his art education from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Shah Alam and graduated in 1992. He has held two solo exhibitions in Kuala Lumpur titled Melebu Alas (2005) and Tranquil (2011), and has participated in numerous group shows namely the Rainforest Painting Demonstration at the World Expo in Hanover, Germany (2000), 100 Excellent Artists at the Penang International Art Festival (2009) and most recently at the Convergence exhibition at Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur (2013). He has received numerous awards for competitions such as First Prize for the Malaysian Landscape ’94 at the National Art Gallery Kuala Lumpur (1994), consolation prizes at the Lanskap dan Senibina Indah Selangor (1995) and Mekar Citra 2007 (2007) at Shah Alam Gallery, Selangor. A devoted educator, he lectures at UiTM, Universiti Selangor, New Era College, Kolej Universiti Teknologi Pengurusan Malaysia, MTDC Multimedia Academy and Universiti Putra Malaysia.