TAJUDDIN ISMAIL, DATO’
B. N. Sembilan, 1949
Interior With Red Painting
Signed “Taj” on lower right Stamped with artist’s seal on lower left
Inscribed “128/150 Interior with Red Painting” in pencil on lower edge of paper
Print on paper
33 x 33 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
As an artist trained in Interior Architecture, Dato’ 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, a space peeking into the veranda is illustrated here, as a vase bedecked with warm colours sits atop a glass coffee table. There is an ideal contrast 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. The focus of this piece lies on the right side, where a large red painting rests against the wall.