Lot 15 | Auction XVI

LOT 15

(B. Johor, 1950)

Biring Series XIV, 2006

Signed “Yusof Ghani” on lower right
Signed, titled and dated
“Yusof Ghani Biring Series – Biring XIV 2006”on verso
Oil on canvas
122 x 90 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

SOLD – RM 84,800

Former graphic artist-turned-painter, sculptor, writer, professor and curator Yusof Ghani’s career has spanned over three decades which resulted into a diverse series that deals with Southeast Asian motifs with an Abstract Expressionist approach. Born in 1950 in Johor, his works blend painting and drawing into a visual entity with controlled play of sculptural and collage elements. Currently, his mature works deals with contemporary issues concerning Malaysian society such as social issues regarding famine and injustice, the nation’s history, distortions of Asian motifs and depiction of visual energy. His works are currently exhibited at public collections in the USA, Singapore, Malaysia, and Japan, while he has also done group and solo shows in Indonesia, China, Spain, India, Iraq, and the U.K, among others.

His works also hang in prestigious collections around the world including in the collections of PETRONAS Malaysia, Singapore Art Museum, Tokyo Gas, Japan, PNB Malaysia, and Bank Negara Malaysia, to name a few. Yusof’s works have also been published into several books, spanning his 23-year career. His career can be divided into four phases: ‘Protest’, ‘Siri Tari’, ‘Topeng/ Wayang’ and ‘Hijau’ and most recently ‘Segerak’, ‘Wajah’, ‘Taman’ and ‘Ombak’ in 2013.. This artist’s works incorporate strong gestural brushstrokes that capture mood, movement and expression all at once.