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Lot 077

AWANG DAMIT AHMAD
b. Sabah, 1956

PELANTAR WAKTU (IRAGA SERIES), 2004

Signed and inscribed on reverse
Oil on canvas
100cm x 100cm

PROVENANCE
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.


ESTIMATE  RM 8,000 - 12,000

PRICE REALISED RM 44,800

A celebrated abstract expressionist painter, Awang Damit Ahmad creates dynamic intuitive works commemorating his adverse yet memorable childhood life in rural Sabah. Illustrated here is an expression of the past composed of bold red brush works and black–and-white gestural marks. An energetic mood transpires within the somberness of black brush marks. Deriving from Awang Damit’s sixth series of work titled Iraga - based on Bruneian-Malay word, which means the northeastern wind – the series is an expression of his personal experience as the son of a fisherman.

Awang Damit Ahmad came into the national limelight when his work was selected for the travelling Malaysian Paintings exhibition in Pasadena, USA in 1988. He had shown early promise when his work won Minor Award in the Young Contemporary Artists competition in 1984. A graduate with a Diploma in Art and Design at the Mara Institute of Technology in 1979, he obtained his Masters from Catholic University, Washington, United States of America in 1990. He won Second Prize in the Malaysia Bank Association art competition in 1988. In 1992, a work from Siri Intipati Budaya or Essence Of Culture series called Farmer’s Song clinched the Painting Prize at the coveted Third Salon Malaysia. He also received Honourable Mention at the 1994 and 1995 Philip Morris Malaysia Art Awards.