Galerie Huit is delighted to present Love and Lust Part II, a series of new figurative still-life paintings by Ahmad Zakii Anwar at the second edition of START, which will be held at the Saatchi Gallery, London 10th – 13th September 2015.
Anwar’s renowned painterly realist works include male nudes, smokers and still-life paintings. In such pieces, he tends to imply and suggest, leaving subtle clues for viewers to develop their imagination and to build their own visual narrative from their own cultural experience. The paintings usually have an uncomplicated composition almost void of perspective, as if the lone object is striped to its elemental and iconic form. The dramatic contrast of the minimal objects and emphasis on space leaves a sense of ‘isolation’ and the ‘unexplained’ that resonates with the viewer.
At Start, the solo presentation Love & Lust Part II follows on the success of Anwar’s previous exhibition Pleasure & Pain held at Galerie Huit, in 2013. Where Pleasure and Pain consisted of small evocative paintings depicting exotic fruit and vegetables spliced or pierced with sharp kitchen utensils, Love and Lust Part II portrays the empathetic and playful side of human nature. Here, the domestic scaled still-life compositions project coy mannerisms that encourage a humorous engagement with the work. Emotions such as desire, love, pain and confusion are mirrored in the layered metaphors providing a glimpse into one’s own reflection.
To Anwar, ‘painting consumes you’, and the creation of his works is a journey of knowing himself, in search of identity and answers on a spiritual and religious level. One of the most respected artists in Malaysia, Anwar recently made a special appearance in the London School of Economic’s Literary Festival, where he spoke about his work and the creative process behind the pieces. Since then, Anwar has recently exhibited in Hong Kong, Shanghai (Long Museum) and Korea, demonstrating his significance as a Malaysian artist on an international platform.
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