B. India, 1943
Waiting for the Lover, 1998
Signed and dated “Syed Thajudeen ‘98” on lower right
Ink on paper
36 x 54 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Illustrated on page 47 of “Paintings on Love by Syed Thajudeen” exhibition catalogue
Published in 2011 by KL Lifestyle Art Space
Exhibited at Paintings on Love, Solo Exhibition by Syed Thajudeen (August 22 – September 30, 2011) held at KL Lifestyle Art Space
Convoluted in technique yet simple in its message – this describes perfectly the work that is presented here. Syed Thajudeen’s works known to be romantic, lyrical and spiritual to a point are no different than this one. He sketches love, or rather a longing for it. Capturing his subject (with the distinguishable eyes and lips amidst the chaos), with her head dipped in a shy manner, and a shawl wrapped loosely around her shoulders, she patiently waits for her lover.
This ink-on-paper work, otherwordly and glorious, catches your attention for long moments, willing you to come by and dissect the true meaning of it as well as explore the artistry that effectually created this masterpiece.
Syed Thajudeen was born Syed Thajudeen Shaik Abu Talib and is known as one of the best poetic artists in the Malaysian art industry. Initially sent to study medicine in India, the fire he had for art could not be distinguished. Convincing his parents to let him study art, he eventually attended the Government College of Arts and Crafts in Madras. His works are exhibited by Galeri PETRONAS, the National Art Gallery of Malaysia and the Singapore Art Museum.