Lot 112

b. India, 1943


Signed and dated 'Syed Thajudeen 91' (lower right)
Oil on canvas
87cm x 87cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE  RM 10,000 - 15,000


Longing For Love illustrates a stylistic female figure reclining on a golden bedrock encircled in delicate plants and flowers. The notion of romance is represented by the colour of passion, red and imaginatively executed in a dreamlike psychedelic manner. Syed Thajudeen’s personal Indian background and Indian traditional painting styles fused with Malay cultural elements create his own unique style and an aesthetic sense drawn from these inspirations. In the artist’s biography, the following excerpt describes his stylistic endeavour :

A distinctive stylisation, romantic treatment of subject matter and the rich colours as in the Ajanta cave paintings of Maharasthra and of the Mughal (enriched from the wealth of Indian mythology) are apparent in his works. This, together with the traditional visual arts’ integral connection with literature, music, dance, sculpture and philosophy, helped shape Syed’s early works. His works, as individualistic as they are, attempt to evoke a state of rasa, or heightened mood that belongs to a larger tapestry and sensibility of Asian artistic traditions. In many instances where his favourite subject matters deal with women and love, they share the same archetypal symbols and metaphors.

Born in Alagan Kulam, a village close to the temple city of Madurai, South India, where his Malaysian-born parents lived during the Second World War Syed Thajudeen joined his family in Penang when he was eleven years old but later went back to India to pursue a course in art at the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Madras (1967 – 1974). He obtained a Diploma in painting in 1973 and a Post-Diploma in painting in 1974. He held his first solo exhibition in 1975 at Museum and Gallery, Penang followed by a second solo exhibition in the same year at Samat Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur. His other solo shows included Seroja: An Exhibition of Oil Paintings and Ink Drawings by Syed Thajudeen (2002); Love and Its Many Splendoured Images – Paintings by Syed Thajudeen (2004); Cinta Tercipta…And There is Love (2006 & 2007); Women in Kebaya: A Tribute to Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood (2007) and Paintings on Love (2010). He has participated in numerous group exhibitions locally and internationally namely Malaysian Art 1965 – 1978 at the Commonwealth Institute in London (1978); Second Bangladesh Art Biennale (1983); Contemporary Painting of Malaysia, Pasadena, United States of America (1988); Malaysian Painting in Cologne, Germany (1990); Man and Spirituality at National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur (1995) and Olympic Games Art Exhibition in London, United Kingdom (2012) to name a few.