Lot 021

b. Selangor, 1963


Signed and dated 'HARON MOKHTAR 95' (lower right)
Oil on canvas
104cm x 73.5cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE  RM 6,000 - 9,000
Known for his distinctive use of space, the composition in Haron Mokhtar’s works often portrays detailed illustration of heritage architecture at the top part of the canvas and the people associated to the building at the lower end of the canvas leaving vast negative space in between. Here, Haron Mokhtar illustrates a longhouse in Borneo typically inhabited by tribes and houses between twenty and a hundred families. A group of men are depicted below perhaps performing the Melanau dance as indicated by their dark tunic jacket with yellow strips and red headgears, a traditional attire which is called Baban.

Haron Mokhtar made a big splash on his graduation year (BA Fine Art in Painting and Printmaking, UiTM from 1983 to 1987 when he won the Major Award in the Young Contemporary Artists competition with his Melayu Pop mix of traditional architecture and culture. In 1988, he obtained his Art Teacher’s Diploma. He had taught in schools in Selangor and Sarawak and since 1998, was a senior teacher on humanities at the SMK Ungku Aziz in Sabak Bernam. His other awards included Second Prize in Landscape Selangor competition (Shah Alam Art Gallery, 2002), Consolation Prize, Historical Incidents competition (National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, 2005), Second Prize, Merdeka competition in 2010. His last solo exhibition Warisan was held at Pelita Hati Gallery of Art, Kuala Lumpur in October 2011.