Description: Pinang Tak Jadi refers to the episode of 15th Century Malacca Sultanate that the Sultan Mahmud, smitten with the rumoured beauty of Puteri Gunung Ledang, Gusti Putri, sent Hang Tuah, her estranged lover of all people, to seek her hand in marriage to him (the Sultan). The princess spurned his courtship by imposing seven completely absurd conditions including one of seven trays of the hearts of mosquitoes and another, a bowl of blood from the Sultan’s fondest son, Prince Ahmad! The legend was set into a big-budget film starring M. Nasir and Tiara Jacquelina, with Saw Teong Hin as director. Zulkifli Yusoff emerged as the supernova in the late 1980s when he won the Major Award in the Young Contemporary Artists (BMS) competition in 1988 and 1989. He sealed his status when he won the Minister’s Grand Prize in Salon Malaysia in 1992, apart from the 1st and 3rd Prizes in Sculpture. For his contributions at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris in Tanjung Malim, he was awarded the National Academy Award (Visual Art) in 2007. After his Diploma in Art and Design (Fine Art) at the Mara Institute of Technology (1989), he studied at the Manchester Polytechnic in England for his Masters (1991). His major exhibitions include the 1997 Venice Biennale under the fringe ‘Modernities and Memories: Recent Works from the Islamic World’; the 1st Asia-Pacific Triennial of Art in Brisbane in 1993; the Singapore Biennale 2013; Art Stage Singapore 2013 (Rukunegara 2: VOICE Theo Art Projects); Seychelles Biennale 1992. As a team, he won the 2nd Prize in the Sand Sculpture competition in 1988. His main solos at home include The Power (NN Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, 1996); Brave New Art (The Art Gallery Penang, 1996); Powerful Dialogue (The Art Gallery Penang, 2000); Icons (Wei-Ling Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, 2008); and Negara Ku (National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, 2010).
Dimensions: 92cm x 152cm
Artist or Maker: ZULKIFLI YUSOFF
Medium: Mixed media on canvas
Provenance: Private collection, Selangor
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