(B. Johor, 1950)
Biring LXX, 2007
Signed and dated on lower right
Oil on canvas
183 x 183 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
SOLD – RM 313,600
In a flurry of glowing yellows and red, Yusof Ghani portrays another haunting painting of cockfights.
It is disordered, aggressive and he expresses this extraordinarily well with harsh brushstrokes, demonstrating the tension, chaos and hostility of this act as the roosters fight valiantly for their lives.
The artist manages to create motion in this scene, as the audience can imagine feathers and wings beating around in fast motion. Biring departs from Yusof Ghani’s paintings of masks, forms and nature as he concentrates on cockfighting, using it as a symbol of courage and conflict among Man.