Lot 4 | Auction XXXIV




B. Johor Bahru, 1955

Still Life, 1999

Signed and dated “Ahmad Zakii Anwar 99” on lower right

Oil on canvas

43 x 43 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM12,000 – RM25,000


This painting is very straightforward, it is a depiction of a still-life image done with Orientalist techniques, and is beautiful on its own.

“Strong, arresting and unpretentious” – those were the words that The Herald Tribune used to describe Zakii’s works. 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.”