Lot 011

b. Kedah, 1962


Canvas, embossed dye on wood panel
91cm x 61cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.

Harmony – The Negaraku Series, Utterly Art, Singapore, 2010.

ESTIMATE  RM 4,000 - 6,000


Zulkifli Yusoff issues a clarion call for the Harmony that was prevalent in the post-Independence euphoria of Malaysia in all its idealistic fervour and patriotism. Icons of the post-Independence era such as the bunga raya or hibiscus, Malaysia’s national flower is being used alongside the barbershop pole with images of old-fashioned hairstyles populating his canvases in a dense juxtapositioning of images using screenprint, painting and new canvas collage techniques to realise the artist’s vision of unity and peace. Kedai Gunting Rambut Bunga Raya (Studies) is one of four monochromatic works that was displayed in a solo exhibition consisting of ten pieces of artworks in Singapore in 2010.

Zulkifli Yusoff is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Art in Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Tanjung Malim, Perak. He was conferred the National Academic Award (Visual Arts) in 2007. He pursued his Masters at Manchester Polytechnic, England in 1991, after his Diploma at the Mara Institute of Technology in 1989. He became a local art superstar when he won the coveted Grand Minister’s Prize and the Major Award for Sculpture at the Third Salon Malaysia in 1992. In 1988 and 1989, he won the Major Award in the Young Contemporary Artists competition. He was selected for the First Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art exhibition in Brisbane, Australia in 1993 and exhibited at the Venice Biennale fringe in 1997. He also took part in the Seychelles Biennale in 1992 and was in the Malaysian team that won Second Prize in the Sand Sculpture Hong Kong competition in 1988. He has represented Malaysia at the 2013 Art Stage fair in Singapore with his compelling installation pieces Rukunegara 2 “The Voice 1” and Rukunegara 2 “The Voice 4”. Another installation piece entitled Pendita was displayed at the Singapore Art Museum The Collectors Show – Weight of History in 2013. He has also participated in Singapore Biennale 2013 themed If the World Changed with a suite of six-piece installation titled Rukunegara 1 Belief in God occupying a space on the ground floor of the Singapore Art Museum.