Lot 5

LOT 05

Sharifah Fatimah syed zubir, Dato’
(B. Kedah, 1958)

Song of Longing, 2008

Acrylic on canvas
82 x 74 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

SOLD – RM 23,520

Distinctively different from her usual graphically contrasting hues against equally stark backgrounds, this time Dato’ Sharifah employs a dark background to frame haphazard fragments of her still bold-coloured shapes, effectively capturing the viewer’s focus and attention. Tinted in rich colours that arranged in a mosaic-like manner, the entire piece is aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

As an artist that frequently uses her thoughts, emotions and feelings as substance for her abstract work, her artworks usually turn out to be a motley of aesthetic mayhem. Such as the matters of the heart and mind, it is never clear, rarely uncluttered and most definitely not immaculate.

Dato’ Sharifah was a former student of UiTM (Universiti Teknologi MARA), Malaysia, Reading University in England and Pratt Insitute in the United States respectively. Whilst curating at the National Art Gallery in 1982 for seven years, she was awarded the Salon Malaysia Competition’s Major Award and the Minor Award in the Young Contemporary Artists Competition as well.