Art of War, Yusof Ghani
Free entry. Exhibition open daily, 10.00 – 18.00.
4 April at 18.00 – Opening Ceremony (by invitation only)
5 April at 15.00 – Art Demonstration by Yusof Ghani
6 April at 15.00 – Art Talk by Yusof Ghani and Rizhar Arahim
Technological advances have brought the world closer than ever before. This showcase of Asian art in London is an example of how close we are now, where an artist from Southeast Asia can now exhibit and share his ideas and thoughts in Europe, with most of the preparation being done online.
Segerak is the first UK solo show of Malaysian artist Yusof Ghani, one of the biggest names in Southeast Asian art. Educated in the United States, Ghani has been heavily influenced by by American abstract expressionist painters including Pollock and De Kooning. A total of 15 paintings, handpicked by the artist himself, are on display at this exhibition, with every piece having its own unique story about life in Asia.
Segerak is a series of oil paintings from 2003 in which Ghani uses light to reinterpret the figure from a philosophical point of view. The works are seen as a social commentary about the positive and negative forces at play in our world today. Using a combination of mediums, from charcoal and chalk to pastels and oil paint, he has employed a variety of spontaneous marks and lines to document human movement. With broad brushstrokes he applies varying layers of colour and intermittent expressive lines to his canvas to capture the mood, feeling and atmosphere of the story he is trying to tell. Frieze sculptures on the walls of ancient Hindu sites including Angkor Wat and Borobudur are other key influences for the Segerak series.
Hailed as a ‘maestro’ by the National Gallery of Malaysia, Ghani’s works dominate auction houses in Asia including Sotheby’s and Christie’s Hong Kong. His latest project is Tapak Gallery, a private art space and museum in the heart of Shah Alam Malaysia. Since its inception six years ago, the gallery regularly shows work by both local and international artists. In September 2016, Ghani single-handedly organised the first edition of the International Art Biennial Shah Alam in an effort to expose the public and art communities to the development of art around the world.
This exhibition has been organised by Tapak Gallery. The gallery extends its thanks to Dato’ Ahmad Rasidi Hazizi, High Commissioner of Malaysia to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, and his team for hosting this solo exhibition.
Thanks also goes to the main sponsor of this event, Malaysia Airlines Berhad, for becoming the official airline partner. In addition, much appreciation goes to all the bodies and agencies that made this show possible, namely ECM Libra Foundation, OLIO Group, Kampong Kravers, The National Art Gallery of Malaysia, Yayasan Hasanah and Matrade.