B. Selangor, 1963
Shih Chung Primary School 2,
Signed and dated “Haron Mokhtar,
99” on lower right
Titled on the reverse
Acrylic on canvas
111.5 x 99 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
RM 13,000 – RM 18,000
Haron Mokhtar is known for his original use of space – and often, his compositions contain architecture at the top part of the canvas, and the people associated with said architecture at the bottom half, resulting in a substantial amount of empty space in between. In this piece, Haron illustrates a school – Shih Chung Primary School, and then leaves a whole space vacant in the middle before painting a group of students carrying school supplies with them. With very little effort, Haron utilizes the availability of space to link two different types of subjects on canvas.
Haron Mokhtar was born in Simpang Lima, Sungai Besar, Selangor. He graduated from UiTM Shah Alam with a Degree in Fine Art and is most popularly known for depicting heritage buildings and also for the combination of acrylic and watercolour in his paintings.