Lot 37

LOT 37

(B. Penang, 1967)

Camouflage Series, 2013

Signed and dated “Jamil Mat Isa 13” on lower left
Acrylic on canvas
155 x 155 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

SOLD – RM 7,840

Jamil Mat Isa employs here the dripping technique, which establishes a vertical structure for the painting. As a result, fresh shapes of lines are formed, which brings to mind the elements of freedom, impulse and liveliness. Interesting visual textures are also created, contrasting wonderfully with the flat areas in the painting.

Jamil is known to be more of a ‘printmaker’, this time he broke free from his own reins and tried his hand at mixed media. This piece, for example, employs the placing of a bold, assertive red line at the bottom, as if to make a point, and faint, barely-there silhouettes of butterflies – ones a viewer can only see if they concentrate and look hard enough. Sticking true to the tile of Camouflage, these butterflies are blending into the background, as if shying away from the viewer. Biomorphic black blobs also appear haphazardly, against the spatter of dripping paint, giving the illusion of rain.