Lot 54 | 3 October 2021



LOT 54


B. Sabah, 1956

Marista Series – Essence of the Past II, 2000

Signed, dated and captioned on verso

Mixed media on canvas

125 x 110 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 50,000 – RM 90,000

The title hints at what this painting might be about. Different shapes and forms are scattered all over the canvas, with a space largely consisting of various colours such as red, grey, beige and white takes precedence over the rest of the objects. Those familiar with Awang Damit’s work are provided with the knowledge that his works are inspired by his memories, most of which are scattered, symbolic and garlanded with numerous emotions. Even this series, dubbed ‘Marista’ means “to talk about the past” in Brunei’s Malay language. This is a piece about broken and lost memories, one that is strewn around a grey area, as bits and pieces only remain.