Lot 4 | Auction XVIII


B. N. Sembilan, 1941

Pago-Pago, 1982

Inscribed “AL. 484/800” on lower left with invitation note from the artist on lower right

Print on paper
Edition 484/800 59.5 x 39.5 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 4,000 – RM 7,000

“I’m in my studio every day, but I mainly work in my mind.
Latiff’s works bear a distinctively cosmopolitan outlook in terms of the successful development of a modern abstract visual language and a sustained exploration of world art and literature.
It is the Pago Pago series that won him critical acclaim as one of Malaysia and Southeast Asia’s most important modern artists. This series brought about primitive and tribal essences into his works, and the artist recalls his travels to Thailand and Indochina as being the key development and inspiration to his work in this series. He meticulously sketched sacred monuments and nature. It is in this series that he fused stupa-like forms and natural plants and rock forms, focusing on the “energy-movement” of structures rather than their simple depiction. Using rapid strokes, Latiff‘s work conveys spontaneity and the subject matter of interlocking geometric and more organic forms would become recurrent in his practice..