Lot 10 | 15 August 2021


LOT 10


B. Johor, 1950

Topeng Series, 1996

Titled, signed and dated on verso

Acrylic on canvas

76 x 61 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 10,000 – RM 22,000

Inspired by the masks of Kenyah and Kayan from his trip to Sarawak, the cultural motifs played a major part in Yusof Ghani’s Siri Topeng. The figure, seen as a formative generator and embodiment of movement is radically altered by Yusof Ghani. He dismantles and transforms them into planes of colour and curving lines. It merely is an expression of faces, combining oil on canvas in controlled structures, intensified by outlines, showing the artist’s effort in exploring new forms and visual approaches that are solid, structured and meaningful. Yusof Ghani was born in 1950 in Johor. He received a scholarship to study art at George Mason University, USA, where he studied Graphic Art and proceeded to pursue his Master’s in Fine Art at Catholic University, Washington. Upon returning to Malaysia, he began lecturing in Universiti MARA Institute of Technology. Most notably known for Abstract Expressionism, his other popular series are Tari, Wayang, Segerak and Biring.