Lot 26 | 20 February 2022



LOT 26


B. Sabah, 1956

Saging dan Pucuk Paku (EOC Series), 1992

Signed and dated “Awang, 92” on lower left
Signed, titled and dated on the verso
Illustrated on page 28 of “Essence of Culture, A Synthesis Exhibition held at the National Art Gallery Kuala Lumpur from 18 – 30th September 1995

Mixed media on canvas

91.5 x 106 cm

Private Collection Kuala Lumpur

RM 60,000 – 120,000

It can be argued that Awang Damit’s works are elegiac. They do not have pretty colours nor are they paintings of flawless and fantastic dream realms. They are commanding, ruthless and stares back at the viewer, standing its ground firmly. As seen in this piece, the colours are dark and busy, creating a chaotic atmosphere. Jagged lines, shapes and random colours are scattered about the canvas, so forceful that they command the attention of the viewer at once. These are not mere random drawings or arbitrary strokes of the brush, these are raw gestures filled with raw human emotions and the essence of culture (hence the series’ title) – Awang Damit’s intellectual journey. “Through them I try to translate the deepest parts of it onto something that is tangible,” said Awang. His bittersweet memories of his childhood are represented in this canvas, filled with emotions that are hard to forget even after all these years. They are, of course, unique in terms of colours and shapes, but that is what makes Awang Damit and his works truly memorable. The message needs a little dissecting, as if the viewer is trying to dissect parts of Awang Damit’s personality as well, as if one looks close enough they may find bits and pieces that may hint at what the painting is truly about.