B. Johor, 1950
Segerak Series “Foray”, 2007
Signed and dated ‘Yusof Ghani ‘07” on lower right
Signed, dated and inscribed “Yusof Ghani FORAY SEGERAK SERIES 2007” on the reverse
Oil on linen
128 x 95.8 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Illustrated on page 59 of “Commemorative Collection of Segerak IV by a Malaysian Master” exhibition book
Exhibited at Segerak IV, Solo Exhibition by Yusof Ghani (24 -27 March 2008) held at Rotunda, Exchange Square Hong Kong
(An exhibition organised by Gallery @ Starhill, Kuala Lumpur)
His paintings, according to many, have shifted from something dark and mysterious to take the air of something cheery and elegant. However, the artist himself said that his social commentaries did not change despite the change of atmosphere. It still had social remarks. He also said life, is a bit like the lives of humans. Purposeless and unorchestrated at times, but it brings a lot of pleasure. This social commentary was brought to canvas, based on his studies on the human behaviour teamed with lines, colours and motion.
The end-result of a seamless flow of lovely colours amalgamating with one another was not intentionally meant to look aesthetic and flowing. The initial lines and sketches were rough, chaotic and arbitrary, to portray the human behaviour of being wild and free.
Yusof Ghani was born in 1950 in Johor and used to frequent a small movie theater as a young boy, where he developed a predisposition towards painting. He received a scholarship to study art at George Mason University, USA, where he studied Graphic Art and proceeded to pursue his Master’s in Fine Art at Catholic University, Washington. Upon returning to Malaysia, he began lecturing in Universiti MARA Institute of Technology. Most notably known for Abstract Expressionism, his other popular series are Topeng, Wayang, Segerak and Biring.