ISMAIL MAT HUSSIN
B. Kelantan, 1938-2015
Signed “ISMAIL MAT HUSSIN” on lower right
Watercolour on paper
28 x 31 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Venturing a little further away from his usual batik art, Ismail Mat Hussin presents a piece of nostalgia of a village called Tumpat in Kelantan with his watercolour prowess.
This piece, depicting the rustic settings of the East Coast of Malaysia, where he was born, shows clearly the beauty of the way of life and the scenery there. With precise brush strokes and vibrant colours with soft hues, he brings these sceneries to life, doing its natural exquisiteness\ justice. Even with the knowledge that this was painted mere years ago, the entire piece creates the mood of taking a trip down memory lane. It also speaks of a laidback, mundane yet modest life in the countryside.
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 Yusoff Abdullah. His career began as a violinist for Radio Televisyen Malaysia Kota Bharu, but he left and decided to put his all into painting.