Lot 11 | 15 August 2021



LOT 11


B. Kedah, 1962

Rest A While, 1996

Signed and dated on lower left

Acrylic on canvas

90 x 90 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 15,000 – RM 30,000

Zulkifli Yusoff has shifted between multiple mediums, from sculpture to painting, to convey his social messages. But it is through installation works, while still a student at UiTM, that he first gained prominence in the late 1980’s. Zulkifli 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. Often, his works reflect his take on the subject of power and socio-political issues. His pieces aim to reveal contemporary issues of power, identity and collective thought through the use of a variety of media. He 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. While laden with the artist’s social commentary, Zulkifli’s works remain a visual treat layered with much depth.