Lot 075

b. Kedah, 1968

VOTE, 2009

Signed ‘Masnoor Ramli Mahmud 2009’ (lower left)
Acrylic on canvas
152cm x 129cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE  RM 15,000 - 18,000
An intellectual artist, Masnoor Ramli Mahmud’s works are his instruments in visualising his perspective on local Malaysian issues. In his art, he attempts to engage society in contemplating fundamental matters. Vote, the title of this piece makes the issues discussed within clear. Like other works by Masnoor, he highlights comparisons and draws parallels between elements of history and modern day. The colour palette of the image is comprised mainly of greys and blacks, the monochromatic nature giving off a sense of the past which coupled with the imagery of P. Ramlee and his band with the classic beams in the background seems to express suggestions of an outdated system. The use of a well known entertainer also seems to suggest a farcical nature of current politics.

Masnoor Ramli Mahmud received his art education from Universiti Teknologi MARA and graduated with a BA in Fine Art. His first solo exhibition titled Bumi Manusia was held at Galeri Pretonas, Kuala Lumpur in 2007. He is the recipient of a number of awards namely Petronas Nusantara 4x4 Xpedition 2006, Borneo and Indonesia in 2006; Honourable Mention at the prestigious Phillip Morris Malaysia Art Award consecutively in 1994 and 1995; and Consolation Prize for the Image of Poverty award in 1991. He is one of the founders of the artists co-operative Matahati. An artist who works in a variety of mediums not limited to painting but also exploring photography and video as vehicles of expression, he draws inspiration from his journeys abroad. He has participated in group exhibitions locally and internationally and is considered an experimental and edgy contemporary artist in the Malaysian art scene.

Matahati – For Your Pleasure,
Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur, 2008.