Lot 88 | Auction XXXVII



LOT 88


B. N. Sembilan, 1941

Siri Rimba – Rawang 95 – 3 Swamps – 3, 1995

Signed and dated “RAWANG” –  Latiff 3/95 on lower right

Mixed media on paper

21 x 26 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 16,000 – RM 25,000


Nature has always fascinated Abdul Latiff. Rimba translates as primeval forest: an entity that stands the tests of time and change, an entity that symbolises growth and a sense of continuity across space and time. In the Rimba works, especially the works executed during the period from 1995 to 1997, Latiff Mohidin seems to call on his viewers to adopt a highly tactile, highly visceral mode of appreciation.

Born in 1941, Latiff started painting at an early age and by 10 he was holding his first exhibition at Kota Raja Malay School in Singapore, and was dubbed in the local press as the “boy wonder”. He is well-known as a poet 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.