Lot 1 | Auction XVI


(B. Kedah, 1962)

Study for New Formasi No. 3, 2014

Signed and dated “ZULKIFLI 2014” on lower left
Acrylic on canvas
61 x 61 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

AVAILABLE – RM 800 – RM 1,400

His works often reflect his take on the subject of power and sociopolitical issues. Zulkifli’s pieces aim to reveal contemporary issues of power, identity and collective thought through the use of a variety of media. Zulkifli uses his work to question the past and current state of the Malaysian identity, and it is also intended to trigger a dialogue regarding the understanding and application of the subject on both individual and national levels.

Zulkifli Yusoff grew up in Malaysia during a time of racial turmoil. Much of his current work is in response to this period of time, and he works from historical readings and as well as lived experiences. The artist considers his works to be “a dialogue on nation building and the making of a people.” The artist’s choice of composition keeps visitors constantly alert and aware of the visual statements that surround them.

Zulkifli Yusoff studied in Manchester Polytechnic, England in 1991 after graduating from UiTM. He is known to be one of the best contemporary artists in Malaysia, and has received various awards such as the 1988 and 1989’s Major Award in the Young Contemporary Artists Competition, the 1992’s Grand Minister’s Prize in the Third Salon Malaysia. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris in Perak.