Lot 100

b. Kedah, 1962


Signed and dated ‘Zulkifli Yusof 2005’ (lower right)
Acrylic on canvas
125cm x 188cm

Private Collection, Singapore.

ESTIMATE  RM 15,000 - 20,000

Accomplished multi-disciplinary artist Zulkifli Yusoff is presented here with an early work on canvas dated 2005 titled Dalang Wayang Baru (New Master Puppeteer). The abstract representation of wayang kulit or shadow play is illustrated here in bold black outlines against bright orange and red background with white tones. A theme commonly explored by Malaysian and Indonesian artists, the traditional wayang kulit - narrating the folktale Hikayat Seri Rama, an adaptation of the original Hindu Ramayana text – is modernised by the use of abstraction, a technique employed by the artist to create this Pop-infused style painting.

Zulkifli Yusoff is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Art in Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Tanjung Malim, Perak. He was conferred the National Academic Award (Visual Arts) in 2007. He pursued his Masters at Manchester Polytechnic, England in 1991, after his Diploma at the Mara Institute of Technology in 1989. He became a local art superstar when he won the coveted Grand Minister’s Prize and the Major Award for Sculpture at the Third Salon Malaysia in 1992. In 1988 and 1989, he won the Major Award in the Young Contemporary Artists competition. He was selected for the First Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art exhibition in Brisbane, Australia in 1993 and exhibited at the Venice Biennale fringe in 1997. He also took part in the Seychelles Biennale in 1992 and was in the Malaysian team that won Second Prize in the Sand Sculpture Hong Kong competition in 1988. He has represented Malaysia at the 2013 Art Stage in Singapore with his compelling installation pieces Rukunegara 2 “The Voice 1” and Rukunegara 2 “The Voice 4”. Another installation piece entitled Pendita was displayed at the Singapore Art Museum The Collectors Show – Weight of History in 2013. He has also recently participated in Singapore Biennale 2013 themed If the World Changed with a suite of six piece installation titled Rukunegara 1 Belief In God.

Menulis dan Melukis: Writing and Drawing in Malay Traditional Art and Their Impact in Modern and Contemporary Art – A Study of Cultural Values, Siti Zainon Ismail (Translated by Hasnul J. Saidon), Imagining Identi ties: Narratives in Malays ian Art Volume 1,
RogueArt, 2012.