Lot 51 | Auction XXI

LOT 51

B. N. Sembilan, 1949

Balinese Garden, 2003

Signed and dated “TAJ 8/03” on lower right

Signed, titled and dated on the reverse

Acrylic on canvas

188 x 182 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 38,000 – RM 55,000

This artist believes that any work of art is the visual manifestations of the artist’s intellectual journey – a reflection of his worldview, spiritual values, dreams and self-identity. Nature is his muse, and he paints its uniqueness and strengths through consistent gestural styles and abstract and expressionistic images. “Nature, nature’s landsapes and nature’s forces are my sources of artistic inspiration. In the approach of lyrical abstraction, I try to express the poetic and contemplative beauty of Allah’s creations.”

Tajuddin Ismail does not believe in painting the same thing over and over again, but views his artworks as a development and progress from the previous one – new experiences and new techniques. Looking at this artwork, one can immediately tell that it is of nature, of a landscape except that it vibrant shades of colours. The scribbles and chaotic fusion of colours at the top half may signify shrubbery and growth, flora and fauna – and the whole piece suggests a rendition of a garden.