B. Kelantan, 1939
Signed and dated “MOKH. ISHAK ‘95” on lower right
Watercolour on paper
21 x 12 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Illustrated on page 67 of “EAST-COAST NATIVE” exhibition catalogue
Published in 2011 by KL Lifestyle Art Space
Mokhtar Ishak’s paintings are mainly of rural landscapes, seascapes and portraits.
This piece “Bachok”, depicting the rustic settings of the East Coast of Malaysia, where he was born, shows clearly the beauty that is the way of life and the scenery there. With precise brush strokes and vibrant colours with soft hues, he brings these sceneries to life, doing its natural exquisiteness justice. . The lighting, the shading as well as the motion in the waters is successfully captured by the artist. Silhouettes of people appear in the far distance on the left side, as well as the outline of the sea. This painting reminds one of home, and of being close to nature.
Mokhtar Ishak is a self-taught artist, the only education in art was brought on by an art course organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in 1973. His works are exhibited and showcased by the PETRONAS Gallery in Kuala Lumpur as well as Bank Negara in Langkawi.