Lot 2 | Auction XXII


B. Melaka, 1955

Tarian Purba… Malam Di Joga, 1995

Signed “Ismail Latiff” on lower left and on the reserve

Artist, title, date, medium and dimensions inscribed on the reverse

Acrylic on paper

76 x 56 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 18,035.20

Colours of gold and crimson splatter across and around the canvas, and the view is stunning. Latiff’s works have always been full of magic and wonder, and he paints a true escapists’ dream. It is alive, vibrant and full of energy. With a harmonious blend of every colours that contrast, it results in a masterpiece of galaxy-on-canvas. As with every Latiff masterpiece, one can notice his ubiquitous circle of balance at the top middle of the painting – his circle of balance – one that he creates in each painting to “symbolise the search to become one with the cosmos.”

Ismail 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 fine arts, his philosophy of life and work is “Art is Life and one of the best introduction to art is Nature.”