Lot 12 | Auction XXXIII



LOT 12


B. Melaka, 1955

Tioman Merah… Senja Sita, 2011

Signed “Ismail Latiff” on lower left Signed “Ismail Latiff” on the reverse Artist, title, dimension, medium and date inscribed on the reverse

Acrylic on canvas

75 x 75 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 7,000 – RM 12,000


The heat and light of the sun permeate through this piece, enveloping the viewer in an atmosphere that can only be experienced during a certain time in the late afternoon, just as the sun is about to set.

This piece seems to draw the viewer in, taking them to a faraway place as they look into the distance. His paintings seem therapeutic in a way, as they provide the viewers with a mysterious calmness. The canvas is adorned with every single colour imaginable; they blend and mix as if in motion. Ismail Latiff is also a master at creating the perfect balance in his pieces, just like nature herself – there is nothing too much or too little about it. I

smail Latiff is a Melaka-born artist who trained formally in arts at MARA Institute of Technology. His artworks of both the mystical and abstract kind are known locally and internationally. Having started off his career in advertising before switching to arts, his philosophy of life and work is “Art is Life and one of the best introduction to art is Nature”. The NHB of Singapore has two pieces in their collection by Ismail Latiff, namely ‘Festival of Inner Jungle I’ and ‘Puncak Pengkalan Serumbi’.