NIZAR KAMAL ARIFFIN
(B. Pahang, 1964)
Siri Pohon Beringin – Tumbuh, 2012
Signed and dated “NIZAR 2012” on lower right
Signed, titled and dated on verso
Acrylic on canvas
137 x 137 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Illustrated on page 21 of “The Faces of Abstraction, Nizar Kamal Ariffin: exhibition catalogue
Published in 2012 by KL Lifestyle Art Space
AVAILABLE – RM 10,000 – RM 15,000
For Nizar Kamal Ariffin, his artworks are a riddle. His artworks frequently express spirituality, freedom, faith and personal growth – all of which are interconnected in the world as in the paintings, infinite and ongoing. At the same time, there are elements in his paintings that are concealed, and some are revealed as well. He often camouflages these meanings beneath well-executed works.
As seen in this piece, this soothing painting of blue and turquoise represents energy in growth. It can also represent the Tree of Life, which alludes to the interconnection of all life on our planet and serves as a metaphor for common descent in the evolutionary sense. The piece shows the tree bursting with life, growing and branching out – a commentary perhaps directed at ourselves, addressing growth personally, mentally and physically and towards our society as a whole.