SYED AHMAD JAMAL, DATUK
B. Johor, 1929 -2011
Signed and dated “AJ 09” on lower right
Acrylic on canvas
122 x 183 cm
Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Illustrated on page 143 in the “Syed Ahmad Jamal – Pelukis” retrospective book published by National Art Gallery, Malaysia
RM 420,000 – RM 600,000
Datuk Syed Ahmad Jamal was born to fit this artistic role. Born in Bandar Maharani, Muar, Johor on Sept 19, 1929, Syed Ahmad Jamal had a carefree childhood. Even at a very young age, he had a deep sense of observation and appreciation for the natural milieu of his environment. His family lived in a small community where rubber plantations were abundant. Evidence of his keen eye of observation, Syed Ahmad used to find himself gazing at the clouds and sky in fascination and speculated that perhaps God lay amongst those clouds.
Among the array of striking artworks to look out for during KLAS Art Auction Sale XXXVII, is one of Malaysia’s prominent artist, Datuk Syed Ahmad Jamal’s ‘Senyuman’ (smile). This beautiful piece of work is a confluence of modernity and culture, exhibiting vibrant colours and a subtle grace to command viewers’ attention. We currently hold the record hammer price for Datuk Syed Ahmad Jamal’s artwork entitled ‘Nur Tenaga’, hammered in KLAS Art Auction SALE XXVIII, on July 30 2017 for a whopping RM 490,332.00.