Lot 049

b. Perak, 1930


Signed ‘MANSOR GHAZALLI’ (lower right)
Watercolour on paper
49cm x 72cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE  RM 4,000 - 6,000

Mansor Ghazalli is a painter whose medium is mainly watercolour and subject matter predominantly Malaysian tropical landscapes. Like many Malaysian artists, Mansor has a particular affinity with nature and this intimate relationship can be seen in his vivid and skilful renditions of jungle and village scenes. Illustrated here is a remarkably pleasant piece, portraying an idyllic village scene of a little house tucked cosily into the jungle, with a modern truck parked on the left in the foreground. The truck gives a hint of modernisation and the changes to local surroundings, although what catches the eye is the lush and still abundant beauty of the jungle environment.

As a child in school, Mansor Ghazalli had a tendency to indulge in drawing and creativity. Although he did not receive support from school, his father encouraged him to pursue his talent and continue drawing. Mansor studied at Clifford School Kuala Kangsar before joining Institut Latihan Perguruan in Johor (1952), later joining the Specialist Teachers Institute in Kuala Lumpur. He was claimed to be one of the earliest Malay students majoring in architecture in Brighton, England in 1962. Mansor’s work is characterised by his ability to inject an exhilaration and feeling of deep affection for the natural environment, painting with the aims of showing his appreciation for the beauty of nature.