Lot 048

b. Johor, 1955


Signed 'Ahmad Zakii Anwar' (lower right)
165cm x 130cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.

Primordial Dreams, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore, 2005

ESTIMATE  RM 15,000 - 18,000

Created during the artist’s workshop project at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Ahmad Zakii Anwar was the first Malaysian to be invited to participate in its Visiting Artists Programme. The desire to explore Man’s inner nature and his relationship with the outer, physical self has inspired Zakii to create a body work such as this. In a position of submission, the head of the nude figure is positioned upwards concealing his identity, arms stretched out with his palms facing the viewer. A portrayal of release from worldly possessions, the liberation of consciousness suggests a gesture of prayer and capitulation.

A graduate of Graphic Design from the Mara Institute of Technology in 1977, Ahmad Zakii Anwar left his successful advertising career in pursuit of becoming a full-time artist. He 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 making him a master of Urban Realism. 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 and 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.