AHMAD ZAKII ANWAR
(B. Johor, 1955)
Inscribed “1/1 Ahmad Zakii Anwar” on bottom of paper
Etching on paper, Edition 1/1
18 x 16.5 cm
Private Collection, Singapore
Page 245 of Disclosure Ahmad Zakii Anwar” coffee table book
Published in 2008 by Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur
SOLD – RM 3,920
At the Singapore Tyler Print Insitute, Ahmad Zakii Anwar portrayed performers and entertainers of the banned Mak Yong show move that work secretly in the wildernesses during the evenings in Kelantan.
He once stated that his motivation for these pieces are to record an art form that is dying. He catches here the human face and figure as it seems to be, no embellishments as he puts them aside for brazen, unruly shading, as he observes that he doesn’t have to change things in order to catch what it is he wishes to catch. Here, he outlines them as typical, common people before they change into their characters amid their performance. This piece emphasizes an on-screen character with thick eyebrows, bulging ears and a large nose.
Ahmad Zakii was born in 1955 in Johor. Beginning his career as a graphic artist after graduating from MARA Insitute Technology of Malaysia, he focused on advertising. Later on, he delved into fine arts, notably known for his strikingly realistic portraits and paintings. He is one of the most accomplished Malaysian artists, both locally and internationally.