B. Kelantan, 1928-2006
Signed on lower right
Oil on canvas
45 x 60 cm
Private Collection, England
Set in the 1970s, there is an air of nostalgia. Painted by the river, Yusoff Abdullah translates the essence and ambiance of a bright, sunny day into his artwork. It reminds one of being close to nature, away from the hustle and bustle of the city life and of the good old days where one sought solace in the midst of nature, teamed with Yusoff Abdullah’s expertise in his techniques.
Yusoff Abdullah was inspired by his teachers from the tender age of ten, he became a teacher after finishing school. He started mixing his art expressions and his passion for teaching, and in turn, he was bestowed the State Level Guru Aktif Art Teachers Award in 1984 in acknowledgement of his contribution the Art Education.
Yusoff Abdullah treads into the realm of abstract this time, after having created many masterpieces with the countryside as his subject. This hypnotising piece reminds one of stained glass windows, what with the convoluted lines, design as well as the subject of boats that are amalgamated into one so gracefully. Lines upon lines meet and cross each other and each space and figure that is created out of those intercrossing lines are then decorated with different colours and patterns. The hints to this subject are the sails and timber that protrude from the boats, finally revealing that the subjects of this piece are boats. Wonderfully and colourfully done, this shows that the most beautiful of art arrangement can be created out of the simplest of things, as shown by the genius artist himself.