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Lot 003

b. Kedah, 1957


Signed and dated ‘amron ‘98’ (lower left)
Oil pastel and charcoal on paper
41.5cm x 45.5cm

Private collection, Selangor; acquired directly from artist.

ESTIMATE  RM 6,000 - 8,000
This was one of Amron Omar’s earlier Pertarungan (Duel) studies done during his student days. Combining oil pastels with charcoal, he gets rough-hewn textures and a stumpy form in this pair of antagonists, with the one in the background poised to deliver a deadly kick to send his adversary virtually falling over onto the ‘viewer.’ Probably because of the media and the way they were used, this early work exudes more aggro than any spiritual process, making it a rare find as compared to his more commonly seen realistic rendering of ‘pertarungan’.

Amron Omar graduated from UiTM (Universiti Teknologi MARA) in 1980 and won the Young Contemporary Artists Minor Award for his work Self Portrait in 1982. Selected exhibitions include Gerakan, Art Case Gallery (1997), Imagining the Contemporary Body, Galeri Petronas (1996), Sime Darby Art Asia Exhibition (1985). His first ever solo exhibition Pertarungan showcasing over 150 works spanning three decades of his career is currently on view at National Visual Arts Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.