Lot 2 | Auction XIX



B. N. Sembilan, 1941

Marshland, 1993

Signed and dated “Latiff 93” on lower right

Mixed media on paper

25.4 x 17 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 10,000 – RM 15,000


After a moment of pondering on this piece, one will slowly begin to recognise how the abstraction seem to take the shape of a marshland bursting with earthy colours and harsh lines and strokes. The artist builds a great momentum in illustrating nature, choosing to address it in a blend of colours and shapes that seem to swirl and and shift, as if constantly in motion. The colours and shapes cannot be tamed, moving about arbitrarily according to their own behest, much like Mother Nature herself.

Latiff was born in 1941, and is as well-known a poet as an artist as well. He was trained in art at Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste in Germany, Atelier La Courriere in France and Pratt Graphic Centre in America. Among the honours and awards he has received are the Salon Malaysia’s 1968 second prize in Graphic Design and the Malaysian Literary Awards for four years in a row, the National Literary Award in 1984 and 1986 and the Southeast Asian Writers Award in 1984 for writing.