Lot 025

b. Negeri Sembilan, 1941


Signed and dated and inscribed 'RUMBIA AL64' (lower left)
Inscribed 'LENGGENG N.S' (lower right)
Ink on paper
19cm x 13.5cm

Private Collection, Penang; acquired directly from the artist.

ESTIMATE  RM 15,000 - 20,000

Abdul Latiff Mohidin produced eight sketches involving the Rumbia (hardwood plant) around 1964 to 1965, with at least one other like this depicting a trinity with two on the sides in the background. (L.I.N.E. Latiff Mohidin: From Point to Point, Page 134), emphasising on the “rhythm and architecture” … “Resolve intensifies, work multiplies.” In 1964, Latiff was returning home from his Art studies in Germany. The same year, he held a solo exhibition at the Bangkapi Gallery in Bangkok where he unveiled his Pago-Pago works although he may have also done so in a solo show at the Laden Galerie in Berlin. Interestingly, there seems to be a touch of humour with his cactus-like protrusions looking like some kind of humanoid plant with head and limbs.
Abdul Latiff Mohidin casts a giant shadow in the world of art and literature. He was the youngest Malaysian artist to be accorded a Retrospective by the National Art Gallery in 1973, and was granted an incredible second Retrospective in 2012 to 2013 showcasing more than 300 works in various media 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 tour of 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 SEA Write 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 was also the founder and guiding spirit of the artist’s co-operative, Anak Alam (Children of Nature). His last major series of exhibitions were Rimba (1998), Voyage (2007) and Serangga (2013).

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.