ISMAIL MAT HUSSIN
B Kelantan, 1938 – 2015
Vegetable Seller, 1974
Signed “Ismail Mat Hussin” on lower left
57 x 50 cm
Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Ismail Mat Hussin is known for his combination of warm tones and earthy hues with the use of limited palette, yet he is able to express the narrative of the life in the rural living gloriously. His trademark can be seen on every limb of his subjects where the muscles have a mosaic like texture. The bold texture and visual is captivating, life-like almost.
Ismail Mat Hussin, who learned from Malaysia’s art legend, Khalil Ibrahim shows that the student can indeed become the teacher. His works can 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 reputable individuals. They include N.A. Rahman, Tan Sri Abdullah Ayob, Muhammad Haji Salleh and Tan Sri Eric Chia.