Lot 107

b. Penang, 1978


Signed (lower right)
Oil on canvas
122cm x 153cm

Private collection, Selangor; acquired through Core Design Gallery, Selangor.

Alism, Core Design Gallery, Selangor, 2012

ESTIMATE  RM 13,000 - 18,000


Featuring at Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers auction for the first time, Ali Nurazmal Yusoff is a talented figurative painter whose paradoxical subject matter contains Social Realism inclinations. In Mastermind, a young boy is illustrated holding a hand puppet in each hand, one is sad faced, the other one smiling. His enthusiastic expressions depict a child’s innocent and genuine emotions when at play but upon closer examination, the satirical image insinuates a court jester - as suggested by the boy’s white and black striped attire - the architect of a malicious plot played by the puppets. Ali Nurazmal’s painterly technique is described as the classic chiaroscuro style. The Italian word for light dark is used to portray a painting with strong contrast of light and dark as seen in most of Ali Nurazmal’s paintings particularly his epic Imitation Master - After Caravaggio II, homage for the great Old Master Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio’s (1571 – 1610) masterpiece The Calling of Saint Matthew.

Ali Nurazmal Yusoff obtained a Degree in Fine Art from University Institut Technology MARA, Selangor (1996 - 2001). His solo exhibitions included Satire in Paint and Telltale held in Petaling Jaya (2010) and Alism held in Subang Jaya (2012). He has participated in numerous group exhibitions since 1993. He has won a number of awards namely Grand prize for the Malaysia & Japan art competition (1995); Third prize at the Kenyir Landscapes competition (1999); Fifth place for a Life drawing – Landscape competition in Shah Alam (2004) to name a few.