Lot 009

b. Kelantan, 1951


Signed 'Fauzan' (lower left)
Canvas cut collage and mixed media on canvas
91cm x 106cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE  RM 7,000 - 10,000

Fauzan Omar’s work is characterised by experimentation and transformation. Working in mixed media, many of his works use strips of torn canvas heavily saturated with paint to create incredibly textured and relief images that depict organic natural forms that are inspired by jungle vegetation. Fauzan creates impactful visuals through the deconstruction of canvas which is then transformed into his artistic forms. Through this process and the visible product of it, Fauzan invites viewers to re-construct their idea of nature and how we react to it. On a deeper level his work puts forward questions of sustainability, human consumption and the depletion of natural resources. In Luminosity Corolla 3, viewers are confronted by a multitude of bright red flowers with a background of tactile multi-hued green leaves. It evokes the density and the texture of natural environment while also exhibiting a joyous celebration of tropical realms.

Fauzan Omar holds a Diploma in Art and Design from Universiti Teknologi MARA and a Masters Degree in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Arts, United States of America. He has exhibited locally and internationally since 1980 and has influenced a generation of Malaysian artists as an art educator from the 1980s to the 1990s. He has mentored many successful young artists including Ahmad Shukri Mohamed. From early on in his career he was selected to represent Malaysia in Contemporary Asian Art Show at the Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan (1980); Asean Exhibition, Kuala Lumpur (1981); and India Fifth Triennial, New Delhi, India (1982). He has also participated in significant exhibitions such as Modernity and Beyond, Themes in South East Asian Art, Singapore Art Museum (1996) and at the second Asia-Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery, Australia (1996). His solo exhibitions include Rejuvenation (2005), Resonance (2007), and Come July till October: Aftermath of Fury (2013).