AHMAD KHALID YUSOF
B. Kuala Lumpur, 1934-1997
Jawi and Ilusi, 1978
Signed and dated “Ahmad Khalid 1978” on the reverse
Artist, title, date and medium inscribed on the reverse
Acrylic on canvas
66 x 88 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
A master at creating a new realm and a solid manisfestation of a dream for escapists, this soothing air-stream like is flawlessly executed to give it that ethereal aura and vision.
Ahmad Khalid Yusof has a habitual style of dotting his pieces with khat calligraphy (Islamic calligraphy), sprinkling tendrils and bits of Jawi ornamentally around the artwork, as shown in this quaint masterpiece. At a glance, the sprinkling of khat alphabets may seem like mere decorations, but fusion between colours and calligraphy makes this piece more evocative and striking.
After studying art at Winchester School of Art in England, Ahmad continued to enhance his art skills at Ohio State University, USA and completed his studies in 1976. In 1979, he was the founder and president of the Malaysian Artists Association (PPM). He received the Excellence Award after lecturing at ITM School of Art and Design for 19 years, and was part of the National Art Gallery of Kuala Lumpur’s Board of Trustees.