Lot 57 | Auction XV

LOT 57

(B. N. Sembilan, 1941)

Landskap Rimba, 1996

Signed and dated “Latiff 96” on lower right
Oil on canvas
81 x 203 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Illiustrated on page 64 & 65 of “Latiff Mohidin: Rimba Series” exhibition catalogue
Published in 1998 by Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur

SOLD – RM 601,800

After a moment of pondering on this piece, one will slowly begin to recognise how the abstraction seem to take the shape of a wild forest bursting with colour and harsh lines and strokes. The artist builds a great momentum in illustrating nature, choosing to address it in a blend of colours and shapes that seem to swirl and and shift, as if constantly in motion. The colours and shapes cannot be tamed, moving about arbitrarily according to their own behest, much like Mother Nature herself.

Latiff was born in 1941, and is as well-known a poet as an artist as well. He was trained in art at Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste in Germany, Atelier La Courriere in France and Pratt Graphic Centre in America. Among the honours and awards he has received are the Salon Malaysia’s 1968 second prize in Graphic Design and the Malaysian Literary Awards for four years in a row, the National Literary Award in 1984 and 1986 and the Southeast Asian Writers Award in 1984 for writing.