Tajuddin Ismail

Tajuddin Ismail

born on 26 October 1949 in Negeri Sembilan.

Currently lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Nature is his prime inspiration due to his appreciation of God’s creations as sustenance of life on earth, which he truly appreciates. The greatness of nature’s wonder can make one ponder on its beauty and tranquility. Hence, Tajuddin’s art uses a mixture of lines, colours and geometric shapes to portray the time and space of nature in a serene poetic visual language that is very well structured, yet lyrical.

For Tajuddin, the work of art is the visual manifestation of the artist’s intellectual journey. In this context, his work is a reflection of his experiences and worldview, his spiritual values, his artistic sensibility, his dreams and most importantly his self-identity.

Education
1969-73

Studied Fine Arts at ITM school of Arts & Design

1979-81

Furthered studies in Graphic Design at the Art Center
College of Design Los Angeles. Did Postgraduate studies
in Interior Architecture at Pratt Institute New York.

Selected exhibition

2001 Anniversary Group Exhibition, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco
2002 ‘EX02’, Five Contemporary Malaysian Artists, Galeri Taksu,
Kuala Lumpur
‘GERAKRASA’, Twenty-one ex-graduate artists from UiTM, Museum
Negara Kuala Lumpur
Group Exhibition, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco
RED, Solo exhibition of recent works, Art Salon, Kuala Lumpur

2003 Spirituality in Art, Galeri Art & Design, UiTM
Faculty Show UiTM, Galeri Shah Alam
2004 Drawing & Prints Rentakalam, TJ Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur
2005 Small Works exhibition, TJ Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur
2006 ‘Landscape Reflection’ – The Gallery @ Starhill
24th Anniversary Exhibition, Auckland New Zealand

2007 Merdeka 50 : A celebration of Malaysia Art, Islamic Museum Kuala Lumpur
EVBR – Abbey Preum, Germany
6 at Abbey-Pruem, group exhibition, TJ Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur

2008 Selangor Art Exhibition, Galeri Shah Alam
2009 Malaysian Art Fair, Maltrade
Counterpoint – Recent Abstraction, TJ Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur
2010 Asian Art Festival, National Art Gallery Kuala Lumpur
Connection – Tajuddin Ismail & Mutalib Man, TJ Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur
2012 Suarasa, Segaris Art Center, Publika Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur
Mind Matter & Metaphor: A Solo Exhibition, Segaris Art Center, Solaris Dutamas KL
Group exhibition, Art Aid, TJ Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur

2013 Recent works, Jai, Drew Harris, Tajuddin Ismail & Ahmad Zaki Anwar, The Edge Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
2014 Group exhibition, TJ Fine Art gallery, Kuala Lumpur
2015 Recent painting, solo exhibition TJ Fine Art gallery, Malaysia Art Expo, Kuala Lumpur
2016 Contemporary Art in Interfusion & Intergrowth, The Gallery, Shanghai.
2017 UNREAL DEAL, Abstraction in Malaysian art, Sasana Kijang Bank Negara Museum, Kuala Lumpur
Homage to Earthscape, solo exhibition, United Nation HQ, New York

2018 Bintang 5 Volume 3, Segaris Art Center, Kuala Lumpur
2019 Mosaic, Art Expo Malaysia 2019, Kuala Lumpur
2021 Mosaic, Solo Exhibition with G13 Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

Flora & Fauna (Tahiti)

Flora & Fauna (Tahiti)

Tajuddin Ismail
213x168cm
Acrylic on Canvas
2020

Flora & Fauna (Tahiti)

Tajuddin Ismail
213x168cm
Acrylic on Canvas
2020

Artist Statement

Inspired by the works of the famous Post-Impressionist French painter Paul Gauguin (1843 – 1910), who spent many years in Tahiti, painting the rustic life of the local natives, set against the charming backdrops of idyllic tropical landscapes. Gauguin’s muted palette of deep vibrant hues resonates with my own colour sensibilities expressing a feeling of contemplative calmness. `

Fragmented Memories

Fragmented Memories

Tajuddin Ismail
123x168cm
Acrylic on Canvas
2020

Fragmented Memories

Tajuddin Ismail
123x168cm
Acrylic on Canvas
2020

What a Wonderful World

What a Wonderful World

Tajuddin Ismail
180x168cm
Acrylic on Canvas
2016

What a Wonderful World

Tajuddin Ismail
180x168cm
Acrylic on Canvas
2016

Artist Statement

Inspired from an old classic song by Louis Amstrong (1960s) – this work expresses an uplifting feeling of ‘Hope, Peace and Tranquility’.

The rhythmic composition of complex colour relationships is complemented by a unique signature style of painting processes and techniques.

Mosaic Maze

Mosaic Maze

Tajuddin Ismail
152x122cm
Acrylic on Canvas
2016

Mosaic Maze

Tajuddin Ismail
152x122cm
Acrylic on Canvas
2016

Remembrance

Remembrance

Tajuddin Ismail
122x122cm
Acrylic on Wood Panel
2017

Remembrance

Tajuddin Ismail
122x122cm
Acrylic on Wood Panel
2017

Artist Statement

A complex composition of textured and layered painterly ‘mark making’, this painting exudes a beautiful patina and a sense of ‘timelessness’.

Reflecting further into the work draws a sense of illusive recollection of memories lingering deep in our thoughts and emotion.

Rentakalam ( Revisited )

Rentakalam ( Revisited )

Tajuddin Ismail
122x122cm
Acrylic on Wood Panel
2016

Rentakalam ( Revisited )

Tajuddin Ismail
122x122cm
Acrylic on Wood Panel
2016

Orbit No.3

Orbit No.3

Tajuddin Ismail
122cm diameter
Acrylic on Canvas
2016

Orbit No.3

Tajuddin Ismail
122cm diameter
Acrylic on Canvas
2016

Artist Statement

The round paintings were first made in the early 90s. It was an attempt to shift away from the ‘Grid’ composition of the early 80s.

Orbit explores the dynamic synergy of orbiting forms in space floating in beautiful perpetual motion in deep space.

 

MOSAIC BY TAJUDDIN ISMAIL

11th - 30th Jan 2021

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