Lot 108

b. Negeri Sembilan, 1941


Signed and dated 'Latiff 91' (lower right)
Mixed media on paper
22cm x 29cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur;
acquired directly from the artist.

ESTIMATE  RM 15,000 - 20,000

Since 1985, Latiff Mohidin had started working on his Gelombang series, unveiling them in two major tranches, first at the Balai Seni Menara Maybank, Kuala Lumpur in 1988 and then at the Penang State Art Gallery in 1990. It was a departure from his more sedate and contemplative Pago-Pago, Langkawi and Mindscape series. Although deriving from the Gelombang series, the image and style of this work show traces of Pago-Pago, with reference to a 1963 work featured in the book L.I.N.E. Latiff Mohidin: From Point to Point. This raises the question not only about how Latiff perceives his landscapes but depicts it, even with a lengthy gap of 28 years about the residual vestiges of memory and re-experiencing.

Abdul Latiff Mohidin is a national treasure, much admired for his oeuvre in painting, printmaking and sculptures as well as his poetry and books on aesthetics. Interest in Latiff has risen greatly in recent years, as he is the only survivor of the Big Three of Malaysian Abstractions – the two others being Datuk Ibrahim Hussein and Datuk Syed Ahmad Jamal. Further to his graduation from the German academy, DAAD (Deutscher Akademescher AustGuschdientst), he explored printmaking at the Atelier La Courrier in Paris and the Pratt Institute in New York in 1969. His first major art prize was the Second Prize (Graphic) in the 1968 Salon Malaysia. As a writer, he won the Malaysian Literary Awards consecutively from 1972 to 1976, the coveted Southeast Asian Writers Award in Bangkok in 1984, and the National Literary Award in 1984 and 1986. He was a Creative Fellow at Universiti Sains Malaysia in 1977 and a Guest Writer of the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka in 1988.

Gelombang ’88, Balai Seni Menara Maybank, Kuala Lumpur, 1988.
Gelombang: Latiff Mohidin in Penang 1990,
Muzium & Seni Lukis, Pulau Pinang, 1990.
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).