B. Perak, 1946
Transition 01/05 (2), 2005
Illustrated on the back cover of the “Mustapha Hj. Ibrahim – Gelora Alam” exhibition book published by R. A Fine Arts in 2010
Oil on canvas
51 x 39 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
RM 3,000 – RM 5,000
Mustapa Haji Ibrahim was one of the artists who was directly involved in the formation of Anak Alam group, a seminal group of revolutionary artists, poets and artistic personalities in 1974. Mustapa Ibrahim enrolled in Gombak Lane School, Selangor in 1951, and Maxwell Secondary School, Kuala Lumpur in 1964. He attended art classes with Mazeli Mat Som, A.P.S. He held his first solo exhibition at British Council Kuala Lumpur in 1973. Inspired by nature and his social milieu, he became aware that art was not necessarily limited to the real world, but could also include the essence or the spirit of nature itself. Influenced by the flowing biomorphic forms of nature, Mustapa Ibrahim incorporated organic shapes into his images. The undulating planes resemble microscopic organisms, and also express the essence or spirit of the universe. By using free flowing lines and bright gradations of colour, the artist succeeds in creating a sense of vitalism and movement.