Lot 58 | 28 March 2021



LOT 58


B. Johor, 1955

Still Life, 2000

Signed “Ahmad Zakii Anwar” on lower right

Acrylic on canvas

68.5 x 68.5 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 25,000 – RM 32,000

The artist began his career as a graphic artist, producing some of the leading advertising graphics of his time. From there, he continued to establish his name by converting to fine art where his techniques have been exemplary and world class. Zakii came to attention for his virtuosity and command of a spectrum of media from charcoal to oils, building a reputation for stunning photo-realist still-life paintings and expressive portraits. Later, a more contemporary edge surfaced in his works as Zakii introduced urban subjects and settings into his canvases. He is lauded for capturing not just city motifs and urban features but also a distinctive psychological dimension and cinematic quality in these scenarios. In this particular still life painting, Ahmad Zakii Anwar perfectly captures a vase along with all of its designs and motifs as well as every crease that can be seen. He brilliantly captures the light that shines onto the vase and the shadows that exist.