B. Johor, 1950
Siri Tari – Drawing/89, 1989
Signed and dated on verso
Mixed media on paper
27 x 37 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Comes with KLAS certificate signed by the artist
RM 3,000 – RM 5,000
After Yusof Ghani moved on from his Protest Series, many had assumed that his paintings have undergone a complete makeover, from sinister and edgy to orchestrated and graceful. Yusof Ghani, however, refuted this. This work from the Tari Series did not change course, it still revolved around social remarks, and until this day, remained as his most popular and coveted series. In here, he uses dance paintings to portray human behaviour and to experiment with lines, movement and colour.
“Life is sometimes like dancing – we move about with no purpose but we get lots of pleasure out of it,” said Yusof.
Despite how elegant this painting of dancing looks, it was never intended to be graceful. The lines and sketches on this artwork were executed freely and spontaneously in a frenzied and haphazard manner. It is perhaps, the play of colours, that gives this painting that polished, fluid air.