Lot 80 | Auction XIX

LOT 80

B. Johor, 1987

Korban, 2009

Signed and dated “Najib Ahmad 09” on lower right

Signed, titled and dated on the reverse

Mixed media on canvas

61.5 x 61.5cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 3,800 – RM 5,000

This piece comes across as a dialogue, with a lot of mystery surrounding it.This type of artwork is a trademark of Najib’s, as his artworks are eyegrabbing and potent, and it brings the viewer in, to dissect and decode what the message behind the art is. For those familiar with Hari Raya Aidiladha, or Hari Raya Haji, then one could easily tell the story behind this painting, whereby a flock of cows, sheep or goat would be sacrificed for prayer purposes. While that is the message that he is trying to display, the art alone stands out on its own, beautiful in its own aesthetics.

Najib Ahmad obrtained his Diploma in Fine Art from UiTM Melaka and then went on to pursue his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art (Sculpture) in UiTM Shah Alam. Since then, he has participated in various exhibitions such as Endangered (2011), Himpun (2011), Visual Art Award (2011) and LiFest (2011), just to name a few. He was the first prize winner in the Tanjong Heritage Art Competition (2010) and finalists for both the MRCB Art Awards (2008) and the Visual Arts Awards (2011). His first exhibition, Great Migration, was held in 2012.