Lot 18 | Auction XXII

LOT 18

B. Johor, 1987

Black, 2008

Signed and dated “Najib Ahmad 08” on lower right

Signed and inscribed with title, date, medium and dimensions on the reverse

Oil and bitumen on canvas

68.5 x 46 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 450.88

This piece comes across as being daunting and intimidating, almost ominious in its entirety. The convoluted, byzantine and harsh lines and composition of this piece commands the attention of the viewer. However, it is often seen that the artist separates the surface and subject matter, opting instead to pull the viewer in using the surface, rather than the subject itself, as evidently shown in this piece by employing the use of mixed media on canvas. This type of artworks also is a trademark of Najib’s, as his artworks are eye-grabbing and potent.

Najib Ahmad obtained his Diploma in Fine Art from UiTM Melaka and then went on to pursue his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art (Sculpture) in UiTM Shah Alam. Since then, he has participated in various exhibitions such as Endangered (2011), Himpun (2011), Visual Art Award (2011) and LiFest (2011), just to name a few. He was the first prize winner in the Tanjong Heritage Art Competition (2010) and finalists for both the MRCB Art Awards (2008) and the Visual Arts Awards (2011). His first exhibition, Great Migration, was held in 2012.