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Gelombang 2
Gelombang 2

Latiff Mohidin’s Gelombang series captures the primaeval force of nature on canvas. His works reflect a profound sense of pure expression rooted in nature’s palette. The inspiring forces of nature and its manifestations are boldly captured through broad, dynamic brush strokes, organic forms and the textural depth of the oil medium. Gelombang 2, with its hues of blue, mauve-purples and yellow-browns, calls to mind an erupting geyser with all of the innate force and power of nature.

Oil on canvas
117 x 175 cm
Credit Line:
Collection of ILHAM Foundation
© Abdul Latiff Mohidin
About Abdul Latiff Mohidin

Abdul Latiff Mohidin (b. 1941) is a prominent Malaysian modernist artist, writer and poet from Seremban, Negeri Sembilan. As a child he was known as “Wonder Boy” and “the magical boy with the gift in his hands” due to his prodigious talent and early artistic acumen. He completed his primary education at Kota Raja Malay School in Singapore where he also had his first exhibition in 1951. From 1960-1964, Latiff studied art at Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste (Academy of Fine Arts) in Berlin, Germany on a scholarship. A journey across Southeast Asia in 1964 would later inspire an array of esteemed artworks and series which melded his European experience with his cultural identity. His series, Pago-Pago (1960-1969), Mindscape (1973, 1974-1983), Langkawi (1976-1980) and Gelombang (1985-1993) are known for their distinctive representation of culture, nature, the environment and mysticism. His masterful technique and use of dynamic brush strokes, textured oil paint and vibrant colours mark his works with an identifiable Latiff flair. He has exhibited worldwide, including solo exhibitions in Berlin, Frankfurt, Bangkok, Singapore, New Delhi, New York, Sydney, Osaka, Montreal, Manila, Jakarta, Dublin and London to name a few. In 2018, he became the first Southeast Asian artist to be featured at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The artist now resides in Penang.

Source: Wikipedia

Further Readings
  • Susie Koay, ‘Gelombang’, in Pago Pago to Gelombang: 40 Years of Latiff Mohidin, edited by T.K Sabapathy, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore, 1994.

  • Gelombang: Latiff Mohidin in Penang 1990, Muzium & Balai Seni Lukis Pulau Pinang, Pulau Pinang, 1990.

Learning Section
  • Describe what you see in this painting. What colours have been used?  Why do you think this is? Describe the lines the artist has used. Describe how the artist has applied paint to the canvas. What kind of marks did he make?

  • What is the atmosphere of the work? What does it make you think of? The title Gelombang means wave. Does knowing the title change your understanding of the work? Do you see a wave or water in this work? What kind of wave is it? Where is it?  How does it make you feel?

  • Gelombang and Ombak both mean wave in Bahasa Malaysia. How does this work compare to Yusof Ghani's piece Ombak. In what way are they similar? How are they different?