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Lot 03

b. Johor, 1950


Signed and dated ‘YG ‘92’ on reverse
Mixed media on paper
38cm x 55cm

Private collection, Penang;
acquired through GaleriWan, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE  RM 5,000 - 8,000
Verging on fully abstract, this unusual work on paper by Yusof Ghani comprises of colours are more sombre, with earthy browns and ochre as well as summary forms of black here and there. The colours are overlapping but the pigments are thinly applied for nuances of colour, revealing layers of undercoat. The spaces in between the perceived figures are looser but a tension is present throughout the entire composition with the dynamic interplay of hard and gentle, slow and vigorous, vertical and horizontal strokes.

Yusof had the distinction of skipping the MARA Institute of Technology rites of passage and headed straight to George Mason University in the USA on a government scholarship with which he graduated with a BFA in Graphic Art in 1981. He pursued his MFA at Catholic University in Washington in 1983. Before his American studies, he had been an artist-illustrator (Agriculture Ministry, 1967), an instructor (Fisheries Institute, Penang, 1971) and a graphic artist (RTM, 1977). On his return, he lectured at the Universiti Mara Institute of Technology. An abstract expressionist painter, his works are considered to be some of the best in Malaysia. His most sought after series namely Tari has been collected by museums, institutions and respected private collectors. Other well known series include Topeng, Wayang, Hijau, Segerak and Biring.

Siri Tari by Yusof Ghani, Hijjas Kasturi Exhibition: Paintings, Drawings and Installation Works, Galeri Citra, Kuala Lumpur, 1989.
South East Asian Art Today,
Roeder Publications, 1992.
From Tarian To Topeng
, Rusli Hashim Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, 1996.