AWANG DAMIT AHMAD
B. Sabah, 1956
Marista “Sisa Semusim”, 2001
Signed, titled and dated on the reverse
Mixed media on canvas
61 x 61 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
RM 8,000 – RM 16,000
Even before one can discern what the subject truly is, this painting gives off the air of enigma, of something kept secret and hidden.
As the eyes roam around the canvas, the understanding that comes to mind is it is of a bed, a mink shawl or coat is tossed onto the bed of rumpled sheets and rumpled pillows. The duvet droops over to the vivid, red and black carpet where a blink-and-miss-it pearl earring lay forgotten on the floor. It immediately hints at a lovers’ rendezvous, a late night and sordid affair and a lovers’ meeting.
In a shadowy yet realistic way, the artist paints a piece that is able to create mood and tell a story without bringing in too many subjects, relaying the message with perception and technique.