Lot 114

b. Kuala Lumpur, 1948 - 2004


Signed and dated 'DB 1994' (lower right)
Oil on plywood
75cm x 47cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur; acquired directly from the artist.

ESTIMATE  RM 40,000 - 60,000


A celebrated figurative painter, Dzulkifli Buyong is represented here with a charming illustration of three domestic cats in a queuing position, as though waiting to be fed. The talented artist was known to render his subjects with remarkable sensitivity and instinct. Depicted in a neutral palette of white, grey, black, brown and yellow, the comfort of viewing the endearing cats gives a sense of contentment and homeliness.

Dzulkifli Buyong was dubbed a child prodigy when he swept the First, Second and Third Prizes (Pastel) at the Young Friends’ Art Competition at the age of 14, and again the First and Second Prizes the following year. He received the Second Prize (Pastel) at the Joy of Living Competition in 1964. A leading member of the Wednesday Art Group founded by Peter Harris in 1952, he was mentored by Patrick Ng Kah Onn at Victoria Institution, Kuala Lumpur from 1961 to 1965. Other members of WAG included Cheong Laitong, Jolly Koh, Antony Lau, Ismail Mustam, Hajedar Abdul Majid, Mustapha Mahmud, Zakaria Noor, Ho Kai Peng, Liau Siat Moi, Grace Selvanayagam, Phoon Poh Hon, Abdul Halim Mat and more. He also had informal art training in Japan for three years in the late 1960s. He has participated in a number of exhibitions namely Young Friends’ Exhibitions sponsored by the Arts Council of Malaysia (1962 - 1963); Young Artists’ Exhibitions sponsored by the Arts Council of Malaysia (1962 – 1965); Annual Wednesday Art Group Exhibitions (1962 – 1966); Angkatan Pelukis Semenanjung Exhibition (1965); Contemporary Art in Asia (1965); Exhibition of Malaysian Art for Australia sponsored by the National Art Gallery (1965) and National Art Gallery Annual Exhibitions and the Open Malaysian Artists’ Exhibitions sponsored by the Arts Council of Malaysia (1964 – 1965). He had won several awards at a very young age which included gold medals from the then Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tengku Budriah Tengku Ismail and Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj for “The Best Overall Entry” during the Young Artists Contemporaries competition.

Modern Artists of Malaysia, T.K.Sabapathy and Redza Piyadasa, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, 1983.