Tajuddin Ismail

Tajuddin Ismail

Born 26 October 1949 in Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.

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.

Educations
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.

1969-73

Studied Fine Arts at MARA Institute of Technology (now UiTM), Malaysia

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2021

Mosaic, Solo Exhibition with G13 Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2019

Mosaic, Art Expo Malaysia 2019, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2002

RED, Solo exhibition of recent works, Art Salon, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1999

‘Recent Paintings’, Galeri Taksu, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1998

‘Recent Works’, Art Salon Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1996

‘Small Scale Works’, The Datai, Langkawi, Malaysia
‘Recent Drawing’ Carcosa Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1995

Solo ‘Unfold’ recent works, Art Salon, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1993

Mini Solo, Singapore Art Fair, Singapore World Trade Centre, Malaysia

1992

‘Recent Works’, Art Salon, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1990

INNERSPACE, Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1978

Recent Works (Paintings and Drawings), Dewan Tunku Canselor Universiti Malaya, Malaysia

1977

‘Recent Drawings and Prints’, Goethe Institute, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1974

‘Works On Paper’, Goethe Institute, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1972

Environmental Kinetic Installation, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBTIIONS
2021

The Moderns Across Generations, G13 Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2018

Bintang 5 Volume 3, Segaris Art Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2017

UNREAL DEAL, Abstraction in Malaysian art, Sasana Kijang Bank Negara Museum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Homage to Earthscape, solo exhibition, United Nation HQ, New York, U.S.

2016

Contemporary Art in Interfusion & Intergrowth, The Gallery, Shanghai, China.

2015

Recent painting, solo exhibition TJ Fine Art gallery, Malaysia Art Expo, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2014

Group exhibition, TJ Fine Art gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2013

Recent works, Jai, Drew Harris, Tajuddin Ismail & Ahmad Zaki Anwar, The Edge Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2012

Suarasa, Segaris Art Center, Publika Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Mind Matter & Metaphor: A Solo Exhibition, Segaris Art Center, Solaris Dutamas KL, Malaysia.
Group exhibition, Art Aid, TJ Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2010

Asian Art Festival, National Art Gallery Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Connection – Tajuddin Ismail & Mutalib Man, TJ Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2009

Malaysian Art Fair, Matrade Exhibition & Convention Center (MECC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Counterpoint – Recent Abstraction, TJ Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2008

Selangor Art Exhibition, Galeri Shah Alam, Malaysia.

2007

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

2006

‘Landscape Reflection’ – The Gallery @ Starhill, Malaysia.
24th Anniversary Exhibition, Auckland, New Zealand.

2005

Small Works exhibition, TJ Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2004

Drawing & Prints Rentakalam, TJ Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2003

Spirituality in Art, Galeri Art & Design, UiTM, Malaysia.
Faculty Show UiTM, Galeri Shah Alam, Malaysia.

2002

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

2001

Anniversary Group Exhibition, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, U.S.

2000

‘10/2000’, Ten Artists for year 2000, Art Salon, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Group exhibition, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco
COLOURS OF MALAYSIA, Three Malaysian Artists, Featherstone
Meeting house for the Arts, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

1999

EARTHBOUND – Artist of the Fullbright, Artist Space Concorde Hotel, Shah Alam, Malaysia
Anniversary exhibition, Nine painters, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco
‘Malaysian Contemporary Art’, China Museum of Art, Beijing

1998

Group Exhibition, Galeri Taksu, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Group Exhibition, Jenkin Johnson Gallery, U.S.A.

1997

Recent Works Group Show, Jenkin Johnson Gallery, U.S.A.
AL-FANN, Contemporary Islamic artist, Hanns Munden, Germany

1996

GETARAN JIWA II, Galeri Isetan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Recent works by Six International Painters, Jenkin Johnson Gallery, San Francisco
Warisan Nusantara, Dewan Tunku Canselor, Universiti Malaya, Malaysia

1994

GETARAN JIWA, Five Contemporary Malaysian Artists, National Museum of Anthropology Madrid, Spain
‘Sentuhan Nostalgia’, Bank Negara Galeri, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
‘SONY ART MALAYSIA’, Atrium, Isetan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1993

Malaysian Art ’93, Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1992

SALON MALAYSIA, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Yogyakarta Art Festival, Jogjakarta, Indonesia

1991

DOCUMENTA1, Gallery Artequarium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1990

SENI LUKIS, Malaysian Art in Germany, Munich, Hamburg, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt

1985

DIMENSI, Painting and Furniture Design, The Star, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1982

Indian International Triennale, New Delhi
Australian Art Festival, Sydney

1981

National Open Show, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1980

Contemporary Asian Art, Fukuoka Museum, Japan

1979

Salon Malaysia, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1978

National Open Show, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Contemporary Malaysian Art, Commonwealth Institute London
Posters of the Goethe, Frankfurt, Cologne and Sao Paulo

1977

Focus Young Talent, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
National Graphic Art, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1976

Anak Alam Group Show, Studio Anak Alam, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1974

Seven Young Contemporary Artist, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1973

National Open Show, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1971

P.J. Art Show
National Open Show, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

HONOURS & AWARDS
2001

Major Award, logo for University Terbuka Malaysia

1994

Honourable Mention, Phillip Morris, Malaysia Art Award
Minor Award logo for Malaysian Design Council

1986

Fulbright Research Fellow, ACLS

1979

Minor Award, Salon Malaysia

1978

Minor Award, National Graphic Arts

1977

Major Award, National Drawing Competition

Autumn Mist

Autumn Mist

Tajuddin Ismail
122cm Diameter
Acrylic on Canvas
2021

Autumn Mist

Tajuddin Ismail
122cm Diameter
Acrylic on Canvas
2021

Tropika

Tropika

Tajuddin Ismail
122cm Diameter
Acrylic on Wood Panel
2016

Tropika

Tajuddin Ismail
122cm Diameter
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.

 

Earthscape: Synergy

Earthscape: Synergy

Tajuddin Ismail
183x167.5cm
Acrylic on Canvas
2021

Earthscape: Synergy

Tajuddin Ismail
183x167.5cm
Acrylic on Canvas
2021

Mosaic: April

Mosaic: April

Tajuddin Ismail
183x167.5cm
Acrylic on Canvas
2017

Mosaic: April

Tajuddin Ismail
183x167.5cm
Acrylic on Canvas
2017

Mosaic II: April

Mosaic II: April

Tajuddin Ismail
82.5x167.5cm
Acrylic on Canvas
2017

Mosaic II: April

Tajuddin Ismail
82.5x167.5cm
Acrylic on Canvas
2017

On A Clear Day II

On A Clear Day II

Tajuddin Ismail
76 x 76cm
Mixed Media on Canvas
2019

On A Clear Day II

Tajuddin Ismail
76 x 76cm
Mixed Media on Canvas
2019

On A Clear Day III

On A Clear Day III

Tajuddin Ismail
76 x 76cm
Mixed Media on Canvas
2019

On A Clear Day III

Tajuddin Ismail
76 x 76cm
Mixed Media on Canvas
2019

MOSAIC BY TAJUDDIN ISMAIL

11th - 30th Jan 2021

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