NIZAR KAMAL ARIFFIN
B. Pahang, 1964
Siri Pohon Beringin “Daerah #13”, 2012
Signed, titled and dated on the reverse
Acrylic on canvas
152 x 152 cm
Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
RM 5,000 – RM 9,000
For Nizar Kamal Ariffin, his artworks are not mere intricately planned and structured lines. These lines are what he uses to figuratively express spirituality, freedom, faith and personal growth – all of which are interconnected in the world as in the paintings, infinite and ongoing.
With lines upon lines scattering the entire canvas in haphazard positions and directions, there is a thick and pronounced vertical line planted in the midst of all the interwoven line, a line that “embody one’s faith in the Creator to guide one through the good and bad of life”, Nizar explains. In some cases, however, they can also mean the ruler of a country or a district, those responsible for people and their land. This is very much apt, as he does name his paintings Daerah, meaning district. A boundary is also painted on this piece, an area that is much lighter in colour than the rest of the canvas to signify balance in life.
Nizar Kamal Ariffin was born on the 9th of September, 1964 in Kuala Lipis, Pahang. He was a member of SENIKA, Kuantan’s state of art society. While working with the Ministry of Culture and Youth, he was appointed the Taman Seni Budaya Pahang’s Resident Artist. After having graduated from University Sains of Malaysia and trained in Fine Arts and Graphics, he became a full-time artist and joined the Conlay Artist Colony in 1998 at Craft Complex Malaysia.