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LOT 11

Ismail Abdul Latiff
B. Melaka, 1955

Lembah Kesuma Wangi, No 1, 2 & 3, 2002

Signed “Ismail Latiff” on lower middle

Acrylic on museum board

38 x 38 cm x 3 pieces

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 12,000 – RM18,000


I embarked on a conquest of inner space, texture and colour bringing the beauty of the natural world indoor, which is transformed onto paper and canvas. I have explored my work in such a way which might lead to confusion and curiosity on the part of my viewers, I hope that the viewer will explore my work through his or her own individual imagination and perception of the world.

There is no better place than our dreams, and there is no better artist to paint those dreams apart from Ismail Latiff. He usually incorporates folklore, myths and legends into his artworks and the end result is usually a flurry of fantastical colours – absolute magic.

Ismail Latiff, born in 1955 in Melaka, Malaysia, is an important artist dedicated to painting in the abstract. He is known for his abstract expressionism works on canvas, spectacularly converting colours into dreams and dreams into colours.

In 1979, he graduated with a Diploma in Art and Design from the prominent Malaysia Institute, MARA Institute of Technology, Shah Alam, Selangor. He was awarded in 1979 the Frank Sullivan Award, Salon Malaysia and National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.In 1984, he did his first solo art exhibition in Kuala Lumpur. In 1979-2006, he exhibited at the Palais Des Nations, Geneva; Palais Du Roi De Lerida and Spain. Greatly admired in Southeast Asia for his prolific works, his art collectors include individuals, corporations, galleries and national as well as international museums.

“I have arrived at my philosophy of life and work: Art is Life and one of the Best Introduction to Art is Nature.”

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