Lot 102

b. Kelantan, 1969

METROPOLITAN, 1998 - 2000

Signed and dated 'ahmad shukri 98/00' (lower right)
Mixed media collage on canvas
183cm x 183cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur;
acquired directly from the artist.

ESTIMATE  RM 30,000 - 40,000

A collage of overhanging branches of neckties with a variety of Pop images and designs perhaps depicting the excessive consumption of consumers is presented here. A mish-mash from living-room décor to tie-pins, wads of US Dollar, Budweiser advertisements and images of sports arena – the golf greens, tennis courts, ice-hockey and yachting. This is a departure from Ahmad Shukri Mohamed’s usual body of works in subject, concept and treatment. Dubbed ‘Mr Butterfly’ for his initial and sustained fame for his silkscreened butterflies on canvas and crate-boxes, Shukri makes socio-environmental commentaries on invasive and pervasive urbanisation, the fauna and flora being marginalised and destroyed by humans’ insatiable appetite for living space.

Ahmad Shukri Mohamad is one of the founding members of the cult artist’s co-operative Matahati which had a major exhibition Matahati Ke Matadunia in Los Angeles, United States of America in 2009. One of his major works of ‘chloroformed’ butterflies won him First Prize in the Malaysian Art Open (MAO) at Galeri Petronas in 1994. He was trained at the Universiti Mara Institute of Technology graduating with a BFA in 1991, the year he won the Minor Award in the Young Contemporary Artists exhibition at the National Art Gallery. He also won the national-level Philip Morris Asean Art Awards in 1999. He was invited for prestigious exhibitions such as the Sharjah Biennial (United Arab Emirates, 2003), the Asian Art Biennale in Bangladesh in 2001, and the Asean Art Show at the Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan, in 1994. In 2003, he was selected for the Rimbun Dahan artist’s residency. He had his first two solo shows titled 9394w95969798 and Ahmad Shukri at Art Salon, Kuala Lumpur in 1998 and 2001 respectively and in 2005 when the gallery was renamed XOAS Gallery in an exhibition called Fitting Room. His other one-man shows included Boy & Girl (2002), Virus (2003), Warning: Tapir Crossing (2007) and Golden Gate (2012).