Lot 27 | Auction XV

LOT 27

(B. Pahang, 1985)

Coal Miner, 2008

Signed and dated “am 08” on lower right
Mixed media on canvas
90 x 107 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

AVAILABLE – RM 3,500 – RM 5,500

Despite the simplicity of the subject, a darker, mysterious and elusive mood is captured. There is hardly any embellishment save for brushes of colours to create the shadowy silhouette of a coal miner lighting a cigarette. It is definitely more expressionistic than naturalistic, but the details, contours and the crevices of the human face and body are captured very accurately. This piece is straightforward in nature, but brilliant in execution. Born 1985 in Maran, Pahang, Malaysia. Khairul Izham approaches broad subject of past and memories with complex layering and conscious masking, leaving the audience with residue from the process of recollection. Khairul Izham graduated with B.A. of Fine Arts (Painting) from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia. Some of his recent shows include: Malaysian Emerging Artist Award (2011), Deceitful Truths (2011), Dis-chromatic (2010). Khairul Izham lives and works in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.