Lot 098

b. Negeri Sembilan, 1941


Inscribed ‘3/10 (lower left), titled ‘Mindscape I’ (lower centre), signed and dated ‘Latiff ‘74’ (lower right)
Etching, edition 3 of 10
36cm x 51.5cm

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

ESTIMATE  RM 12,000 - 18,000

In an instance, the motif placed at the heart of the monochromatic landscape resembles an insect entrapped within two curvilinear lines - the arch-like shapes are symbolic of the artist’s iconic Mindscape series, conceived during a phase of contemplation – further inspection sees an orchid motif suggestive of a praying hand gesture dominating the centre. Segmented yet formed in rows of three, the introspective abstraction contains geometric shapes, tedious pointillist marks, drips, and brush strokes executed in etching technique. Marked edition 3 of 10, this early Mindscape I in this medium is hard to come by. The artist’s proof of this etching was featured at Henry Butcher Malaysian Art Auction in May 2012. Latiff has been creating significant works on paper throughout his artistic career from Pago-Pago to Gelombang, Rimba, Voyage, Wetlands and his most recent Serangga series unveiled in 2013.

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. Upon his graduation from the German academy, DAAD (Deutscher Akademescher AustGuschdientst), he explored printmaking at the Atelier La Courrier in Paris and Pratt Institute in New York in 1969. 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.

Latiff Mohidin Journey to Wetlands and Beyond: Drawings and Works and Paper (1962-2006)
, Singapore Art Museum, 2009.