Lot 063

b. Kedah, 1969


Signed and dated 'A. FUAD OSMAN '95' (lower right)
Oil on canvas
150cm x 181cm

Private Collection, Selangor.

MATAHATI – For Your Pleasure, Petronas, 2008, illustrated on page 105

ESTIMATE  RM 35,000 - 50,000


The Drowning 2 is one of three paintings - varied in execution with the same title - deriving from Ahmad Fuad Osman’s Lost series. An early Rennaissance-esque masterpiece, it was during this time that the artist embarked on a figurative-routed journey creating well-defined human forms of a quintet with exposed torsos, interlocking bodies and emotionless faces.

Minimal yet vibrant colour palette of jade-green and yellow-gold is applied with loosely composed brush strokes pronouncing the bodies’ musculature tones and the figures’ tangled long locks. Though the departure from abstract paintings commenced in 1994, the artist carries through the stylistic influence in his figurative works. As displayed here, the incorporation of liberal yet expressive brush marks defines the picture.

A member of the Matahati artists’ co-operative founded in 1989, Ahmad Fuad Osman is a multi-disciplinary artist working and experimenting in painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, video, performance and theatre. After graduating with a BFA (Major in Painting, Minor in Printmaking) from UiTM in 1991, Fuad spent a year as set designer. He won residencies in the popular Vermont Studio Centre in the United States in 2004 and the Asian Artist Fellowship at the Goyang Artist Studio in South Korea from 2005 to 2006. From 2007 to 2008, he was the Malaysian representative chosen for Rimbun Dahan artist’s residency. In 2000 and 2003, he was a Juror’s Choice in the Asean Art Awards Malaysia-level competitions. He was also a Juror’s Choice winner in the APB Signature Art Prize (Singapore) in 2008. His solo exhibitions include Dislocated (2007) in Kuala Lumpur; Too Much (Not Enough) (2006) in Goyang, South Korea; Ahmad Fuad Osman Paintings 1993 – 2003 (2005) in Penang; Saat Beku (2004) in Vermont, USA; and Experiments with Truth (1998) in Kuala Lumpur. His most recent body of work is called Insomnia (2011/2014) consisting of oil paintings, framed photographs, posters and LED display in variable dimensions.