Lot 51 | Auction XXIII

LOT 51

B. N. Sembilan, 1949

Black Windrift

Signed “Taj” on lower right
Inscribed “190/500 Black Windrift” in pencil on lower edge of paper

Print on paper

33 x 33 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 563.60

Tajuddin Ismail has a rare gift of creating art that allows one to enter it from a variety of angles – no such thing as only one way of interpreting it – and emerging with a variety of views. That is the true beauty of abstract art – subjectivity. It could mean different things and evoke different feelings for each individual. “Just like music,” he said. “It brings you to another dimension and in turn, enriches the meaning, the imagination and the experience. It makes a piece of work more fascinating and compelling.”

He is not ever straightforward in his art pieces, always one to intrigue and beckon the viewer to dissect the meaning of his abstract work. To the unknowing eye, Tajuddin’s works also may seem incomprehensible, unfathomable and downright confusing in message, but after careful deliberation, it evokes a certain feeling. A certain spirituality, so to speak. It would seemas if the paintings were speaking to the viewer about the world, coaxing us to be one with Nature. His artworks bring together a person’s inner self with nature in a dialogue. To a certain extent, it describes solidarity and solace with Nature.