Lot 132

Abdul Latiff Mohidin
b. Negeri Sembilan, 1941

Gambut IV — Siri Rimba, 1996

signed and dated (lower right)
mixed media on paper
19 x 33cm

Private collection, Kuala Lumpur

ESTIMATE RM 10,000 – 18,000

Diagonal tawny streaks with little splotches forming all over create a symbiotic pattern in this composition from Latiff Mohidin’s Rimba Series. The gambut (peat or bog) represents decomposing organic matter that gets new life in its decay as energy sources.

Latiff Mohidin catapulted onto the world stage when his Pago-Pago was celebrated in a landmark exhibition from February to May 2018 at the Pompidou Centre in Paris (InFocus Gallery), making him the first artist from Southeast Asia to be featured there. He was accorded a major Retrospective by Malaysia’s National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, in 2012- 2013. In literature, he won the pinnacle SEA Write Award in Bangkok, Thailand, in 1984, and swept the Literary Award of Malaysia from 1972 to 1976. He was also the Creative Fellow in Universiti Sains Malaysia (1997) and Guest-writer, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (1988). He graduated from the DAAD German Academy (Student Exchange), on a scholarship, in Bonn 1960, and was awarded the John D. Rockefeller III Fellowhip in 1965 and the French Culture Ministry’s scholarship to study printmaking at the Atelier La Courrier in Paris in 1969. He won 2nd Prize (Graphic) in the 1968 Salon Malaysia.