Lot 062

b. Kelantan, 1969


Mixed media on canvas
79cm x 128cm; diptych, 79cm x 64cm

Private Collection, Singapore.

ESTIMATE  RM 8,000 - 12,000


An early creation of contemporary luminary Ahmad Shukri Mohamed’s dated 2002, this diptych demonstrates the artist’s experimental nature in searching for techniques to create stimulating two-dimensional paintings. A large swan origami soothingly painted in shades of blue dominates the left panel and as the eyes wander a surprising texture reveals itself from the calming tones beneath. The next panel is wrapped in paper mache and collage technique of various printed alphabets that spell out dull citizens’ names. An exciting moment occurs through the discovery of the artwork’s wow factor whereby subtle slits on the canvas that form two circular shapes that expose vibrant collage of batik fabric from within.

Ahmad Shukri Mohamed is one of the founding members of the cult artists co-operative Matahati which had a major exhibition Matahati Ke Matadunia in Los Angeles, United States of America in 2009. One of his major works of ‘chloroformed’ butterflies won him First Prize in the Malaysian Art Open at Galeri Petronas in 1994. He was trained at the Universiti Institut Teknologi MARA graduating with a BFA in 1991, the year he won the Minor Award in the Young Contemporary Artists exhibition at the National Art Gallery. He also won the national-level Philip Morris Asean Art Awards in 1999. He was invited for prestigious exhibitions such as the Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates in 2003, the Asian Art Biennale in Bangladesh in 2001 and the Asean Art Show at Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan in 1994. In 2003, he was selected for the Rimbun Dahan artist’s residency. He had his first two solo shows titled 939495969798 and Ahmad Shukri at Art Salon, Kuala Lumpur in 1998 and 2001 respectively and in 2005 when the gallery was renamed XOAS Gallery in an exhibition called Fitting Room. His other one-man shows include Boy & Girl (2002), Virus (2003), Warning: Tapir Crossing (2007) and Golden Gate (2012). His work titled Miracle (2012) was displayed at the first Malaysian Eye this year and the artwork image also graces the cover of the important reference publication, Malaysian Eye: Contemporary Malaysian Art.