Lot 124

b. Kedah, 1962


Signed and dated 'Zulkifli Yusoff 97' (lower right)
Oil on canvas
183cm x 123cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE  RM 15,000 - 25,000

Titled Mesyuarat di Suatu Pagi (A Morning Meeting), Zulkifli Yusoff depicts a monochromatic gathering scene of a group of surreal figures. Derived from Ahmad and Jibul series -the former being a metaphorical character for the corrupt and immoral – the body of work is a satirical commentary on the character ‘Ahmad’. Inspired by Zulkifli’s childhood experience, his father was an educator and also chairman of a youth association in his hometown. The society regularly held meetings at a neighbour’s house during which the artist was exposed to the characteristics of ‘Ahmad’.

Zulkifli Yusoff is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Art in Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Tanjung Malim, Perak. He was conferred the National Academic Award (Visual Arts) in 2007. He pursued his Masters at Manchester Polytechnic, England in 1991, after his Diploma at the Mara Institute of Technology in 1989. He became a local art superstar when he won the coveted Grand Minister’s Prize and the Major Award for Sculpture at the Third Salon Malaysia in 1992. In 1988 and 1989, he won the Major Award in the Young Contemporary Artists competition. He was selected for the First Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art exhibition in Brisbane, Australia in 1993 and exhibited at the Venice Biennale fringe in 1997. He also took part in the Seychelles Biennale in 1992 and was in the Malaysian team that won Second Prize in the Sand Sculpture Hong Kong competition in 1988. He has represented Malaysia at the 2013 Art Stage fair in Singapore with his compelling installation pieces Rukunegara 2 “The Voice 1” and Rukunegara 2 “The Voice 4”. Another installation piece entitled Pendita was displayed at the Singapore Art Museum The Collectors Show – Weight of History in 2013. He has also participated in Singapore Biennale 2013 themed If the World Changed with a suite of six piece installation titled Rukunegara 1 Belief in God occupying a space on the ground floor of the Singapore Art Museum.

Zulkifli Yusoff: Menandai Ahmad dalam Marak Semangat Bernegara, Tengku Sabri, Zulkifli Yusoff: Negaraku, Balai Seni Lukis Negara, Kuala Lumpur, 2010.