SHARIFAH FATIMAH SYED ZUBIR, DATO'
b. Kedah, 1948
SONG OF THE EARTH
Acrylic and modelling paste on board
68cm x 44cm
Collection of Raj Kumar RGP, Kuala Lumpur.
ESTIMATE RM 7,000 - 10,000
PRICE REALISED RM 9,900
Dato’ Sharifah Fatimah began working on her Earth series after visiting the Petra ruins in Amman, Jordan in 1990. The technique of using modelling paste for its textural quality was inspired by the Indonesian artist A.D. Pirous. This work was exhibited at Art Folio, Kuala Lumpur, after her Touch The Earth exhibition at Galeri Maybank. The nature of the medium, just like in mixing glue with colours, dictates the pace, with the bands at the side keeping the composition in check. Colours of different tonal quality and intensity are pushed to the fore and to the back, creating mesmerising optical depth that morphs according to the angle and distance of viewing.
Sharifah has fashioned a unique brand of abstract art imbued with strong spiritual values, symbolisms and local colours. She graduated from MARA Institute of Technology in 1971 with the Best Student Award. Her first solo followed in 1972 at the Alpha Gallery in Singapore. She graduated with First Class Honours for her BFA at Reading University, England in 1976. She was awarded the JDR III Fund Fellowship to do her Masters at the Pratt Institute, New York from 1976 to 1978. Her awards include the Minor Award, Malaysian Landscapes (1972), the Major Award, Salon Malaysia (1979), and the Minor Award in the Young Contemporary Artist in 1981. She was a curator at the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur from 1982 to 1989, before turning a fulltime artist in 1990.
Touch The Earth, Galeri Maybank, Kuala Lumpur, 1992.
Touch The Earth II, Galeri Citra, Kuala Lumpur, 1996.
Sharifah Fatimah Syed Zubir: Notes of A Journey 40@60, Artfolio, Kuala