Lot 048

b. Johor, 1955

EARTH #5, 1996

Signed and dated ‘AHMAD ZAKII ANWAR 1996’ (lower right)
Acrylic on illustration board
75cm x 50cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE  RM 18,000 - 25,000

Ahmad Zakii Anwar’s nostalgic reflections on traditional domestic relics such as the earthenware pot and kendi are rendered in quiet and reposed setting illustrated sensuously in the manner of realism.

Earth #5 depicts a solitary clay cooking vessel engraved with motifs, a sealed lid, and sturdy handles wrought upwards. The application of colour and texture suggest an unglazed clay cooking pot. One of the earliest still-life paintings of cookware by the artist, Earth #5 exemplifies that Zakii has achieved the desired result of commemoration immaculately with his undeceived eyes.

From a successful advertising background, he switched full-time to fine art in the early 1990s and has become a master of Urban Realism. A graduate of Graphic Design from the Mara Institute of Technology in 1977, he made great impact with the Smoker series for his first solo in 1997. Zakii came to attention with his virtuosity and command of a spectrum of media from charcoals to oils, building a reputation for stunning photorealistic still-life paintings and expressive portraits. His career milestones were noted in 2007 when he joined the premier ranks in the artist’s workshop project at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute, as well as a mid-career survey exhibition Disclosure held at Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur in 2008. In recent years, he has had a number of notable exhibitions abroad such as Bones and Sinews, Andrewshire Gallery (USA, 2011), Kota Sunyi, C.P. Art Space (Indonesia, 2007), Shadowland, Plum Blossoms Gallery (Hong Kong, 2001) and Presence, Barbara Greene Fine Art (USA, 1999). He participated in an artist residency program hosted by Baik Art in Jeju Island, Korea in October 2013.