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Lot 038

b. Pahang, 1974

GULI, 2011

Signed and dated ‘Latif Maulan 2011’ lower right
Oil on canvas
100cm x 122cm

Private collection, Kuala Lumpur; acquired directly from the

ESTIMATE  RM 4,000 - 6,000

Guli or marbles are traditionally used in games played by children worldwide. In Malaysia, the game that is commonly played by young boys is similar to ‘ringer’, which involves drawing a circle in sand, and players will take turns knocking other players' marbles out of the circle with their own marbles. Latif’s canvas of marbles overflowing from a transparent jar presents a close-up view of the attractive balls, giving each marble its own unique characteristic. The aesthetic play of light creates shimmering gleam on the marbles. Made of glass, clay, steel, plastic or agate, the marbles were once a boy’s best friend. Latif offers a sense of nostalgia in the innocence and insouciance of the marbles.

It says much of the self-taught Latif Maulan that he has been a fulltime artist since 1992. When he started out, he worked as a resident artist in a gallery in Kuala Lumpur and an advertising designer. But it was in a trip to New York in 2000 that really opened up the world to him and he switched from painting in Abstract to Realism. Then in 2001, he went to Australia. In 2002, he found a job as a graphic designer in East Sussex in Britain and worked there for a year. In 2003, he was back in England, this time in Plymouth for another six months, and that was when he exhibited at the Barbican Gallery there. Back in Malaysia in July 2003, he prepared for his first solo Parallel Universe at Art Case Galleries, Kuala Lumpur in 2006 and has not looked back ever since. He was a finalist of the Malaysia Emerging Artist Awards in 2009.