Lot 64

b. Negeri Sembilan, 1941


Signed and dated 'AL 67' (lower right)
Ink and watercolour on paper
15cm x 10cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE  RM 13,000 - 18,000


Dated 1967, this drawing derives from Abdul Latiff Mohidin’s iconic Pago – Pago series, the etymology of the term is explained by the artist as: “I merely coined the word from an amalgam of ‘pagoda’ and the slang ‘pagar’ which isn’t ‘fence’ but the wooden beams across old Malay houses. Pago is also the name of an exotic island though I have never been there.” Marked by various shapes and forms that represent bamboo shoot, pandanus leaf, rumbia palm and hill, the nature-themed drawing is executed in warm and earthy palette.

Abdul Latiff Mohidin casts a giant shadow in the world of art and literature. In 1973, he was the youngest Malaysian artist to be accorded a Retrospective by the National Art Gallery and was granted an incredible second Retrospective from 2012 to 2013 showcasing more than 300 works in various media produced over six decades. He received his art training at the Hochschule fur Bildende Kunst in Berlin (1960 - 1964). On his return, he made his famous expedition around Southeast Asia including Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Indonesia. He won Second Prize (Graphic) in the 1968 Salon Malaysia. He advanced his studies in printmaking at the Atelier La Courrier in Paris (French Ministry scholarship, 1969) and the Pratt Institute in New York (John D. Rockefeller III scholarship, 1969). He is also a published poet with books including Sungai Mekong (1971), Kembara Malam (1974), Serpihan Dari Pendalaman (1979), Pesisir Waktu (1981), and Sajak-Sajak Dinihari (1996). He won the Malaysian Literary Awards consecutively from 1972 to 1976 and again in 1984 and 1986, and the coveted Southeast Asian Writers Award in Bangkok (1984). He was Guest Writer of the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka in 1988, a Creative Fellow at Universiti Sains Malaysia in 1977, and a guest artist at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 1980. He has translated Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s classical German play Faust into Bahasa in 2013. He was also the founder and guiding spirit of the artist’s co-operative, Anak Alam (Children of Nature). His past major series of exhibitions included Rimba (1998), Voyage (2007) andSerangga (2013). In 2014, he held two exhibitions in celebration of his 73rd birthday entitled Latiff Mohidin – Seascape, Recent Paintings (2010 – 2014) held in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.


Pago-Pago to Gelombang: 40 Years of Latiff Mohidin, Singapore Art Museum, 1994.

L.I.N.E. Latiff Mohidin: From Point To Point, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Kuala Lumpur, 1993 (translated by Adibah Amin).

Garis Latiff Mohidin: Works on Paper – From Berlin to Samarkand, 2004.