Lot 77 | Auction XVII

LOT 77

(B. Kelantan, 1938)

Senja, 1981

Signed “ISMAIL MAT HUSSIN” on lower right
73 x 96 cm

Private Collection, Kelantan

RM 15,000 – RM 24,000

The quiet calm flow of the water in motion due to diminutive waves, the faint and broken reflections on the surface of the water and the soft atmosphere are successfully captured on batik here.

Known for encapsulating the everyday life of the country people in the East Cost, Ismail Mat Hussin illustrates a moment in at a calm shore.

The simplicity of the scene coalesced with the heavy detailing that Ismail Mat Hussin features on this piece is definitely something to behold, not only because of how paradoxical the combination may seem, but also because he manages to make something so common and modest be pervaded with depth and a much profounder meaning.

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. Ismail’s painting’s can be found in various galleries, a few being PETRONAS, Bank Negara, ESSO, Maybank and the National Art Gallery of Kuala Lumpur.