SHARIFAH FATIMAH SYED ZUBIR, DATO'
b. Kedah, 1948
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 10,450
As the title indicates, it is predominated by thick reams of emerald green, with intense blue and red used sparingly as subtle layers of balancing elements. It was the artist’s trip to Jordan with a group of Malaysian artists where she experienced the natural Petra rock formations that inspired her Earth series in which she reconnected with nature in a tactile way using a palette knife. It was also from seeing how the great A.D. Pirous used the material that influenced her to use this media in this peculiar style.
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