Lot 19 | 27 November 2022



LOT 19


B. Kelantan, 1938 – 2015

Mandi Bersama Ibu, 2004

Signed and dated Ismail Mat Hussin 2004 on lower right


90 x 76 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 16,000 – 25,000

Born in 1938, in Pantai Sabak, Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Ismail Mat Hussin’s art depicts everyday rural scenes from the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. He developed an interest in painting at 12 and took up weekly art painting classes at Padang Garong Malay School under the tutelage of Cikgu Nik Mahmud Idris between 1954 and 1955. In 1968, he took the plunge and took up painting full-time. At that time, experimentation with batik painting among artists in Malaysia was gaining momentum. Ismail’s mentor was Khalil Ibrahim. Ismail became very good at batik painting, having patience in spades and an innate talent for combining warm tones and earthy hues from a restricted palette of colours to depict everyday rural scenes with lively good humour. Ismail’s batik paintings may be found in the art collections of the National Art Gallery Kuala Lumpur, Petronas, Bank Negara Malaysia, ESSO Malaysia and Maybank among others, including a clutch full of notable individuals.