Lot 14 | Auction XXII

LOT 14

B. Kelantan, 1928-2006

Boats in Abstract, 2000

Signed “Yusoff Abdullah” on lower left


113 x 77.5 cm

Private Collection, Kelantan

RM 11,272.00

Yusoff Abdullah treads into the realm of abstract this time, after having created many masterpieces with the countryside as his subject.

This hypnotising piece reminds one of stained glass windows, what with the convoluted lines, design as well as the subject of boats that are amalgamated into one so gracefully. Lines upon lines meet and cross each other and each space and figure that is created out of those intercrossing lines are then decorated with different colours and patterns. The hints to this subject are the sails and timber that protrude from the boats, finally revealing that the subjects of this piece are boats. Wonderfully and colourfully done, this shows that the most beautiful of art arrangement can be created out of the simplest of things, as shown by the genius artist himself.

Yusoff Abdullah was inspired by his teachers from the tender age of ten and he became a teacher after finishing school. He started mixing his art expressions and his passion for teaching, and in turn, he was bestowed the State Level Guru Aktif Art Teachers Award in 1984 in acknowledgement of his contribution in the education of arts.