Lot 20 | Auction XVII

LOT 20

(B. Kelantan, 1938-2015)

East Coast Village, 1974

Signed “ISMAIL” on lower right
Watercolour on paper
27 x 39.5 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 4,500 – RM 6,000

Although inspirations may come in various forms, for Ismail Mat Hussin, it is the opulent, charming and picturesque landscapes of Malaysia’s countryside, most of which are depicted in his renowned batik pieces.

For a true depiction of a subject, an artist must have a special connection with it. It is proven in this piece, as Ismail’s painting of the East Coast comes alive through his experiences there. Beautifully done with with oil on canvas, he explores the allure and essential physiognomies of the beautiful views that make Malaysian countryside – the abundant trees, the sunny atmosphere as well as the cloudy atmosphere that evokes a feeling of nostalgia.