Lot 3 | Auction XVI


(B. Melaka, 1955)

Sunset Boulevard No.1, 2013

Signed “Ismail Latiff” on lower right
Signed, titled and dated on verso
Acrylic on canvas
72 x 48 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

SOLD – RM 13,500

This time Ismail Latiff takes us deep into the furthest depths of the sea. All of us feel akin to divers, watching the moon above through the thick, clear water. The arbitrary streaks and spatter of colours dominating the left and right of the canvas provide the illusion of fish shoaling and schooling about, as if partaking in an underwater performance. His circle of balance, one that is present in every single painting, acts as the moon in this piece, providing that illumination and that wonder of nature in all its glory. The entire piece is balanced, perfect and grabs you by the eyes and heart. The NHB of Singapore has two pieces in their collection by Ismail Latiff, namely ‘Festival of Inner Jungle I’ and ‘Puncak Pengkalan Serumbi’.