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LOT 35

Ismail Latiff
B. Melaka, 1955

The Night Sky…Wild Bird, 2014

Signed “Ismail Latiff” on lower middle 
Signed, titled and dated on the reverse

Acrylic on canvas

90 x 71 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 10,000 – RM 15,000


“ … one of the greatest escape artists ever to wield the brush. Ismail is the realm of the enchanted and the enticing, a utopian world built on love, beauty, purity and power.” – Ooi Kok Chuen, art critic.

Ismail Latiff’s artworks are always so vibrant, alive and energetic. With a harmonious blend of every colour that ever existed, it results in a masterpiece of galaxy-on-canvas. These are the types of sceneries that one encounters only in dreams or in the figments of the imagination, but very difficult to put into words and even tougher to revisualise. This piece, carefully and methodically arranged into the shape of a majestic mythical bird is radiant and voluminous, misting colours everywhere as it moves ever so grandly. Ismail Latiff’s circle of balance is placed in the top middle of the canvas, to symbolise the search to become one with the cosmos.

Ismail Latiff is a Melaka-born artist who trained formally in arts at MARA Institute of Technology. His artworks of both the mystical and abstract kind are known locally and internationally. Having started off his career in advertising before switching to fine arts, his philosophy of life and work is “Art is Life and one of the best introduction to art is Nature.”

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