Lot 2 | Auction XIV

LOT 02

(B. Melaka, 1955)

Onak No. 1 & 2, 2000

Signed “Ismail Latiff” on lower middle
Acrylic on paper
18 x 18 cm x 2 pieces

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

SOLD – RM 3,472

Ismail Latiff often transports his viewers to another world where everything is carefree, serene and tranquil. His pieces often feature the theme of escapism, as if in a dream or gazing upon galaxies or even water.

Omnipresent in his works is also the circle that deck the canvas, drawing the attention of the viewers. It is a symbol of perfection a balance, explained the artist, an embodiment and search to be one and whole with the universe.

Its sibling piece is only subtly different from the first, as this offers the cognizance that this piece is in motion, moving from its original position as portrayed in the earlier piece. The flecks of red have now travelled to the left, and Ismail Latiff’s ubiquitous circle of balance is getting lighter in shade, as is approaching its goal, ever-moving towards it.

The entire mood is tranquil, soothing and calm, one that takes away your worries and provides one with the perfect haven
and the unadulterated escape.