NIZAR KAMAL ARIFFIN
(B. Pahang, 1964)
Mask Series, 1999
Signed and dated “NIZAR 99” on lower middle
Acrylic on canvas
61 x 61 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
RM 6,000 – RM 9,000
When one looks at the painting, one cannot differentiate the powerful from the subservient, the beautiful from the ugly, and the rich from the poor. Everyone is equal. Everything is open to each viewer’s own personal interpretation. He uses a mix of materials, acrylic paints and texture paste to stunning effect.
“Nizar’s relentless search for truth and the meaning of life, deep in his soul, is transformed into passionate energy, subsequently channeling said energy into his paintings. He produces vigorous works, sculpting the surfaces vigorously with his agile yet meticulous stroke.”
Nizar is a perfectionist, and with his high finished surface, he managed to portray sensitivity and responsive towards life. His first ‘ Topeng’ or Mask in 1998 was a prelude to his acquired self. He works only on square formats, as this is said to symbolize fairness and round circles reflects balance in life. To Nizar his works a form of soul-search.