Lot 9 | Auction XVI


(B. Kelantan, 1938)

Kg. Kuala Besar, 1985

Signed and dated “Ismail Mat Hussin 1985” on lower right
Titled “Kg. Kuala Besar” on lower left
Ink on paper
18.5 x 27 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

SOLD – RM 477

Venturing a little further away from his usual batik art, Ismail Mat Hussin presents a piece of nostalgia of Kg. Kuala Besar, Kelantan with his sketching prowess. Even without the knowledge that this was painted almost three decades ago, the entire piece creates the mood of taking a trip down memory lane, especially with the almost misty and foggy quality to it. It also speaks of a laid-back, mundane yet modest life by the beach. Ismail Mat Hussin was born in Kota Bharu, Kelantan. He developed an interest in batik at the mere age 12 years old and picked up his batik skills from well-known artist Khalil Ibrahim and art teacher Yusof Abdullah. His career began as a violinist for Radio Televisyen Malaysia Kota Bharu, but he left and decided to put his all into painting.