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Lot 025

b. Negeri Sembilan, 1949


Signed and dated ‘Taj 3/03’ lower right
Inscribed Taj 3/03 Tajuddin Ismail ‘BLUE WINDRIFT
No. 1 Acrylic on canvas’ on reverse
Acrylic on canvas
75.5cm x 75.5cm

Collection of Raj Kumar RGP, Kuala Lumpur.

Rentakalam (Rhythm of Nature), TJ Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, 2004.

ESTIMATE  RM 10,000 - 15,000

Tajuddin Ismail’s compelling Lyrical Abstraction achieves a new sophistication of technique, colours, textures and composition in his Rentakalam (Rhythm of Nature) series. It has a distilled sense of simplicity, serenity and beauty, but what is perhaps most palpable is a haunting melody that evokes something more divine and uplifting in spirit. This work shows partly the influence of Richard Diebiekorn in terms of treatment of the landscape. Tajuddin is also inspired by the works of Mark Rothko, Cy Twombly, Helen Frankenthaler and Antoni Tapies.

Tajuddin is an all-rounder in the realm of arts and design - Fine Art, Interior Design and Architecture. After graduating from UiTM, he studied Graphic Design at the Art Centre College of Design, Los Angeles, USA in 1974. He pursued his post-graduate in Interior Architecture at Pratt Institute, New York from 1979 to 1981. He was Associate Professor in Fine Art and Interior Design at UiTM from 1975 to 2004. He has received numerous awards including the Major Award, National Drawing Competition (1977), Minor Award, National Graphics Arts (1978), Minor Award, Salon Malaysia (1979), Minor Award logo for Malaysian Design Council (1994) and Major Award for the logo for Open University Malaysia (2001). He is now Assistant Professor and Academic Adviser to Sunway University’s Fine Art department.