Closing Bid: S$ 850.00

OPEN DATE: 10 May 2014, 10:00am
CLOSING DATE: 27 June 2014, 8:30pm

About the Artwork

Idris Mohamed Ali's creation for his Büffel entitled Millennium is an exciting mélange of vivid and striking colours, "representing vibrancy and the act of moving forward". Shifting away from his preferred medium of watercolours, he uses acrylics to tackle his Büffel with the same bold fluidity in the strokes and pattern. The artist's intention, Ali explains "is to bring a sense of dynamism and optimism as we stride ahead on our artistic journeys into the future" as he himself has done over the decades.

Bidding Information

OPEN DATE: 10 MAY 2014

Closing Bid: S$ 850.00

About the Artist

Singaporean artist Idris Mohamed Ali is a self-taught watercolour artist who has been painting for 5 decades since the age of 10. At the age of 18, Ali had his first group exhibition at the Singapore Victoria Memorial Hall in 1962. However he embarked on a career as a Visualiser for the advertising industry for 20 years although he has been a member of the Association of Artists with Various Resources (APAD) since the 1960's and in 1974 he received the Pingat APAD Award. He was also awarded the 'Cipta Mekar' or Creative Award for outstanding work at the Action '90 art exhibition by APAD in 1990. In 1999 APAD organized his first solo exhibition, Water Strokes of Idris which was officiated by Mr Hawazi Daipi (current Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education & Ministry of Manpower). Many of Ali's years were spent at APAD teaching art to young children from 1964 to the 1980s.

Ali's work reveals a strong understanding of colour, depth and realism. He delights in painting landscapes, street scenes, portraits and still life, and his landscapes of old Singapore are particularly important as they serve as a visual documentation of the country's national heritage. His commissioned paintings include a portrait of former President of Singapore Wee Kim Wee and the First Lady. He also did more than 100 paintings for Myths and Legends for the Singapore National Museum in 1997. Ali's work can be found in the collections of the National Heritage Board, Singapore National Museum, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defence, several dignitaries in Singapore and Malaysia, and many private individuals.