AHMAD ZAKII ANWAR
(B. Johor, 1955)
The Perfumed Garden Series, 1994
Signed and dated “AHMAD ANWAR 94”
on lower right
Acrylic on paper
30 x 20 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Hati & Jiwa, The Zain Azahari Collection VOL I
MALAYSIA coffee table book, pg. 318
RM 4,000 – RM 6,000
Strong, arresting and unpretentious” – those were the words that The Herald Tribune used to describe Zakii’s works.
Undoubtedly, the darkness and the mysteries of life have always held a certain appeal to them, and Zakii certainly does think so, as shown through his moody, deep and contemplative canvas.
His works are much coveted, and have always been known to be “loud” and almost forceful and compelling. This piece from the Still Life Series started with influences from the Orientalist techniques.
With an air of enigma and darkness teamed with a flair for the arts, Zakii created this masterpiece. “The concept of art-making has not changed for me,” said Zakii, “I need to get excited about a subject and “feel” it in order to paint it. The result must be subliminal, to reach a state of one-ness with whatever that I’m going to create.” In this piece, he showcases shapes and forms and antiques, to celebrate times gone by.