Lot 63 | Auction XIV

LOT 63

(B. Australia, 1937)

Bukit Melawati, 2009

Signed and dated “Nazri 09” on lower right
Oil on canvas
46 x 81 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Acquired from NN Gallery

SOLD – RM 2,912

“When doing such landscape paintings, I look at them as a whole composition. I start off by roughly putting in the shapes I see with light colours and then move on to smaller brushes and painting in the details using oil paints straight from the tube.”

Most of Ahmad Nazri Abdullah’s works consist of landscapes painted plein air. Clouds have always interested the artist, and it all started while he was taking a walk and photographing sunset that he truly found the inspiration for his masterpieces. The artist also finds himself feeling more at home in Asian countries like Malaysia, where he has spent about two-thirds of his life, and his adoration for this country is seen in this piece of the Selayang landscape.

Ahmad Nazri Abdullah was born in 1937, in Melbourne, Australia. He studied at Swinburne Technical College when he was 15 and his career began as a regional creative director for an advertising firm before becoming a lecturer at the Mara Institute of Technology (ITM), now known as UiTM. He was then appointed Selangor Royal Court Artist by Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah. He has painted 145 official portraits, 12 of them are of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.