Lot 060

b. Pahang, 1974


Signed and dated 'Latif Maulan 2011' (lower right)
Oil on canvas
91cm x 76cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE  RM 3,000 - 5,000


Hyper-realist painter Latif Maulan is recognised for illustrating marbles realistically. His mastery in the trompe l’oeil technique deceives his viewers through its blown-up size, crystal clear quality and vibrant hues painted immaculately on canvas. Marble Series 05 depicts surreal picture of a Renaissance-esque bronze sculpture of a male torso with dark green patina and four large green marbles suspended midway in a single file. His painterly quality is evident in the pronounced muscular torso and its shadow as well as the fragile characteristic of each marble.

Self-taught artist Latif Maulan 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.