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Lot 107

YUSOF GHANI
b. Johor, 1950

KEMUNTING, 1990

Signed ‘Yusof Ghani’ (lower right) and inscribed ‘Yusof
Ghani Hijau Series ‘Kemunting’ 2000’ on reverse
Oil on canvas
122cm x 145cm

PROVENANCE
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur;
acquired directly from the artist.

EXHIBITED
Yusof Ghani: Hijau 1998 – 2002, Galeri Petronas, Kuala
Lumpur, 2002; illustrated on exhibition catalogue page 52.


ESTIMATE  RM 35,000 - 50,000

Kemunting displays Yusof Ghani’s influences in American Abstract Expressionism. Utilising his trademark vigorous brushstrokes and vivid colour, ambiguous forms emerge and collide suggesting flora and fauna in keeping with his Hijau - Rhythm of Nature series. The series is distinctive for Yusof Ghani’s usage of bold red accents and rhythmic wandering line work. While the energy in his other works seems conflicting, Kemunting offers up a more relaxed sensation that suggests an idyllic pastoral setting. The natural world and its multicoloured, fluctuating characters are conveyed and there is a pleas ing sense of play with shape, pattern and atmosphere.

Yusof Ghani was awarded a scholarship to study at George Mason University, USA. He graduated with a BFA (Graphic Art) in 1981 and pursued his MFA (Fine Art) at Catholic University in Washington in 1983. Before his American studies, he had worked as an artist-illustrator (Agriculture Ministry, 1967), an instructor (Fisheries Institute, Penang, 1971) and a graphic artist (RTM, 1977). On his return, he lectured at the Universiti MARA Institute of Technology.