Description: Maamor Jantan illustrates here what and who that make Malaysia great. On the right, the Petronas Twin Towers stand tall, alongside the bright sun. Meanwhile, many faces of different colours — a symbol of the various people groups that make the nation — are in display, as is the Jalur Gemilang smack in the middle. In Malay art circles, he is known as Mr Cakcibor (The Dragonfly Man), although everyone knows his name, Maamor Jantan. A protégé of Khalil Ibrahim, Maamor Jantan has come of his own through sheer diligence and practices. He would go all around the country to paint, often with his group of friends and at one time with Khalil himself, when he was more mobile. He has set a palette of mauve hues from light to darker (nocturnal scenes) with delicate transparency. Whether it is a Malay kampung scene, kenduri, fishing village, the country landscapes, his Cakcibor will be there, large and small. Mentored by Khalil in 1984 when he was an apprentice machinist, it took him nearly 30 years before he had his first solo, titled Figment Of Imagination at Universiti Malaya Art Gallery, in April 2014, showing some 150 works. He was a resident artist there, and also had a stint at Belanda Gallery in Langkawi. He is also from the core Conlay group of artists. He is also a musician, leading a traditional keroncong (Malay orchestra) group which even performs in Indonesia.
Dimensions: 91cm x 91cm
Artist or Maker: MAAMOR JANTAN
Medium: Oil on canvas
Provenance: Private collection, Kuala Lumpur
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