(B. N. Sembilan, 1949)
Interior Still Life – The Veranda, 1988
Signed and dated “Taj 1988” on lower right
Signed, titled and dated on verso
Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas
122 x 122 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
SOLD – RM 47,040
As an artist trained in Interior Architecture, Tajuddin Ismail certainly knows what difference the balance between form, colour and space will make to a masterpiece.
Tajuddin’s works are systematically executed, with precision and absolute care for neatness. Using heavy blocks of cool colours, an archway peeking into the veranda is illustrated here, as a vase bedecked with warm colours sits atop an equally warm hued floor. There is an ideal contrast between hot and cold colours in this piece, as well as the arrangement of form and lines, making this one of the magnum opuses right off his Interior Still Life series.
A former student of UiTM, Tajuddin Ismail studied Graphic Design at the Art Centre College of Design in Los Angeles in 1974 before venturing into Interior Architecture at the Pratt Insitute in New York. He is the recipient for various awards such as the 1977’s National Drawing Competition, the Major Award, the Minor Award, 1978’s National Graphic Arts and the 1979’s Salon Malaysia Award. Currently, he is Sunway University’s Fine Arts department’s Assistant Professor and Academic Advisor.