AWANG DAMIT AHMAD
b. Sabah, 1956
ESSENCE OF CULTURE SERIES, 1993
Signed and dated 'A Damit 93' (lower right)
Mixed media on canvas
107cm x 91.5cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.
ESTIMATE RM 15,000 - 25,000
PRICE REALISED RM 100,800
|Inspired by nature, Awang Damit Ahmad conveys his subject matter - reminiscing on childhood memories in Kuala Penyu in Sabah – in an elegiac and expressive manner. He adopts plant motifs and geometric forms in his compositions to imitate nature and his surroundings. Deriving from his seminal Essence of Culture series, this melancholy piece is composed of a dark background - dark blue, grey and black with lighter shades of brown on a totemic-like silhouette and hints of white and red – applied coarsely on canvas to create texture and depth.
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, USA in 1990. He won Second Prize in the Malaysia Bank Association art competition in 1988. In 1992, a work from his EOC 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.