Lot 29 | Auction XV

LOT 29

(B. Penang, 1966)

Peristiwa Larut Malam, 2013

Signed and dated on verso
Mixed media on canvas
119 x 145 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Illustrated on page 18 of “Freezing the Moment, Mohd Akhir Ahmad”
exhibition catalogue
Published in 2013 by R A Fine Arts

SOLD – RM 4,956

Even before one can discern what the subject truly is, this painting gives off the air of enigma, of something kept secret and hidden. As the eyes roam around the canvas, the understanding that comes to mind is it is of a bed, a mink shawl or coat is tossed onto the bed of rumpled sheets and rumpled pillows. The duvet droops over to the vivid, red and black carpet where a blink-and-miss-it pearl earring lay forgotten on the floor. It immediately hints at a lovers’ rendezvous, a late night and sordid affair and a lovers’ meeting.

In a shadowy yet realistic way, the artist paints a piece that is able to create mood and tell a story without bringing in too many subjects, relaying the message with perception and technique.