Lot 91 | Auction XIV

LOT 91

(B. Johor, 1950)

Siri Tari, 1989

Signed and dated “YG 2571989” on lower right
Watercolour on paper
26 x 36 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

SOLD – RM 7,280

After Yusof Ghani moved on from his Protes Series, many had assumed that his paintings have undergone a complete makeover, from sinister and edgy to orchestrated and graceful. Yusof Ghani, however, refuted this. This work from the Tari Series did not change course, it still revolved around social remarks, and until this day, remained as his most popular and coveted series. In this series, he uses dance paintings to portray human behaviour and to experiment with lines, movement and colour.

“Life is sometimes like dancing – we move about with no purpose but we get lots of pleasure out of it,” said Yusof.

Despite how elegant this painting of dancing looks, it was never intended to be graceful. The lines and sketches on this artwork were executed freely and spontaneously in a frenzied and haphazard manner. It is perhaps, the play of colours, that gives this painting that polished, fluid air.