(B. Kedah, 1962)
Study for New Formasi No 2, 2014
Signed and dated
“ZULKIFLI YUSOFF 2014” on lower left
Acrylic on canvas
61 x 61 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
RM 800 – RM 1,400
This piece that employs expressionism moves towards the abstract side. Intriguing as it seems, it is full of painterly movements and shows off dynamism. This canvas, artfully constructed, reflect Zulkifli’s interpretations of social and political issues in the country. Despite the absence of his usual pop-art style, there is still that lingering sense of cynical and wit present in his works, making his works as stunning as usual. The title may suggest at the reformation of the sociopolitical scene – the strokes and lines of different strengths almost moving haphazardly across the canvas, shuffling and aiming to find a perfect form.
Zulkifli Yusoff studied in Manchester Polytechnic, England in 1991 after graduating from UiTM. He is known to be one of the best contemporary artists in Malaysia, and has received various awards such as the 1988 and 1989’s Major Award in the Young Contemporary Artists Competition, the 1992’s Grand Minister’s Prize in the Third Salon Malaysia. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris in Perak.