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Lot 011

b. Kedah, 1957

SILAT, 2005

Signed and dated ‘Amron Omar 17/1/05’ upper right
Charcoal on paper
38cm x 27cm

Collection of Raj Kumar RGP, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE  RM 4,000 - 6,000

The close-combat stance is critical as both silat exponents are about to strike, seeking a vulnerable opening. Amron Omar continues to explore the Pertarungan series in various media such as oil, pastels and charcoal. Silat, to him, is a self-therapy through the motions of pugilism and a symbol of struggle against real and phantom demons. It is about discipline and journey. The traditional martial art offers hundreds of different styles that tend to focus either on strikes, joint manipulation, throws, bladed weaponry, or some combination thereof. This piece is a depiction of Amron’s observations of the footwork as well as the powerful strikes of attack and defense of the fighters.

More than 150 works from Amron Omar’s Pertarungan series over three decades were shown at the National Visual Arts Gallery, Kuala Lumpur from February to August 2012. After graduating from Mara Institute of Technology in 1980, he worked briefly for an advertising company but decided to go full-time into art in 1983, specialising in portraits for royalty, dignitaries, corporate captains of industry and also the commoner. He won the Minor Award in the Young Contemporary Artists competition in 1982 with a self-portrait.