Lot 8 | Auction XVII


(B. N. Sembilan, 1949)

Innerspace No 1

Inscribed “240/300 Innerspace 1 Taj” on bottom of paper
31 x 32 cm

Innerspace No 3

Inscribed “248/300 Innerspace no 3 Taj” on bottom of paper
31 x 32 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

SOLD – RM 2,832

Never straightforward and obvious with the messages he embeds into his artworks, Tajuddin Ismail has once again inspired curiosity with Mindscape No. 8. Innovative and complex, he stimulates the mind of the viewers while making a connection with them at the same time. What Tajuddin Ismail wishes to incite is not an understanding of a singular, standard message from his artworks, but to evoke various feelings and thoughts – after all, what a person takes from an abstract form is completely subjective.

Citing nature as his muse, he avails himself of the combination of contrasting colours, thick heavy lines and blocks and geometrical shapes to illustrate all the elements of nature. These combinations are present in this piece with pasty colours adorning the entire canvas, interjected by a subtle ‘X’ marking a small section and an ichthyic symbol – two intersecting arcs to resemble a profile of a fish.