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Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 229cm (H) x 305cm (W) / 90.2" (H) x 120.1" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size: 229cm x 305cm
Resurrection exemplifies the present push and pull between figuration and abstraction in Ali Nurazmal’s art. A particularly demanding artwork for the artist emotionally, mentally and technically, he first paints the figures, layers abstract waves on top, and then continues rendering and defining the figures. He performs these steps again and again to the point that the figures are interwoven into, even consumed by, the radiating, sinuous waves.
Resurrection tells the story of a man rising from defeat and discouragement. His bowed head and dejected eyes at the top of the painting are overlapped with a head of a phoenix, the latter’s piercing stare intimidating and triumphant. At the centre of the painting, we see the same man but this time with his arms thrown outward and his mouth open in a rousing roar, as though employing the last vestiges of his energy to overcome one final hurdle.
While the man and phoenix portray the earnest prayer of the artist to bring Malaysian art to the international arena, as well as the struggles – and personal victory – of the artist in overcoming stagnancy in his art, they also symbolise the overriding need of rebirth or restoration for the current socio-political situation in Malaysia.
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Based in: Kuala Lumpur
Ali Nurazmal Yusoff is a mid-career Malaysian artist who achieved much acclaim following his figurative ALISM 2012 show with his magnificient colourful realist paintings, impressive self-portraits and reinterpretations of Caravaggio's paintings.
Since his early teens, he has actively participated in art competitions and later in significant exhibitions with Malaysian art masters such as Ibrahim Hussein and Anuar Rashid from as young as 16. Tracing through his career, the artistic development and keen progression is clear within Ali Nurazmal, from abstraction to figurative and now incorporating movement into his works. Always displaying strong technical skills, Ali Nurazmal aptly embeds powerful yet subtle messages within his aesthetic works.
Graduating in Fine Art from MARA University of Technology (UiTM) Malaysia in 2001, Ali Nurazmal has won numerous awards in national and international art competitions. His artworks are collected by public and private collectors internationally.
Following from his recent ReALISM solo show at Art Stage Singapore 2016, Ali Nurazmal gains further prominence within the art scene locally and regionally. His latest work, Resurrection, has been internationally recognised as one of the few Truly Asia artwork at Art Stage Singapore 2016.
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