Lot 22 | Auction XXXVI




LOT 22


B. Penang, 1978

Self Portrait

Signed and dated on lower left

Acrylic on canvas

182 x 182 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

Ali Nurazmal Yusoff is one of the significant contemporary artists in Malaysia. His larger than life realist paintings have been collected locally and internationally and can be found in the permanent collections of Balai Seni Lukis Negara (National Art Gallery). His ability to capture both the Western influence from globalisation and bring into the Asian flavour has been regarded as the most interesting and unique demeanour to the Malaysian identity.

At 9 years old, Ali Nurazmal Yusoff was exposed to various art expositions. Along with his inquisitive behaviour from self-seeking knowledge to formalistic training has brought him to experience various styles of painting. Alism becomes an important juncture whereby he brings the years of mastery in different styles to combine them into one. His visual imageries are clearly enigmatic in which it gives a depth of curiosity within the viewers. The combination of old and new, classicism and contemporary, Western and Eastern are inducing the audiences to dwell into Ali’s personal perspective of being a Malaysian.