Lot 6 | Auction XXV


B. N. Sembilan, 1946

10AM, 1991

Signed, dated and titled “zakaria ali ‘10AM’ 1991” on lower left
Artist, title, date, medium and dimensions inscribed on a gallery label affixed to the reverse

Oil on canvas

49.5 x 36.5 cm

Private Collection, Penang

RM 3,000 – RM 5,000


In a flurry of earthy colours, Yusof Ghani portrays another haunting painting of cockfights. It is disordered, aggressive and he expresses this extraordinarily well with harsh brushstrokes, demonstrating the tension, chaos and hostility of this act as the roosters fight valiantly for their lives.

Born in Kampung Batu in Rembau, Negeri Sembilan in 1946, Dr Zakaria is very actively involved in the development of Malaysian arts and culture where he is known for his paintings while he is also a very respective writer in literature and poems. He obtained his Bachelor in Fine Arts degree in Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.

After that, he continued at the Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas where he completed his Masters degree. He then further enhance his academic qualifications when he completed his Masters in Art History at the Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico. Dr Zakaria then completed his PhD in 1991 at Harvard University.