Lot 7 | Auction XVIII


B. Johor, 1950

Siri Tari, 1992

Signed and dated “YG 92” on lower right

Mixed media on paper
25 x 25 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 3,000 – RM 5,000

Heavily influenced by the American Abstract Expressionism, Tari is an intense and powerful manifestation of Yusof’s spontaneous and ferocious brushstrokes onto the canvas, where colliding figures serve as generator of a sequential unfolding of linked dancing movements. It also reflects the continued influence of Abstract Expressionism in Malaysian Art after its introduction in the 1960s by pioneering artists like Abdul Latiff Mohidin and Datuk Syed Ahmad Jamal; however the distinctive difference between Yusof Ghani and the pioneers is his emphasis on humanitarian and figures as opposed to landscapes.
Datuk Syed Ahmad Jamal drew parallels with the links of Pollock and de Kooning, “The dancing lines remind one of Pollock and swatches and cleavages of form and space are obviously inherited from de Kooning”.