ISMAIL MAT HUSSIN
B. Kelantan, 1938-2015
Tepi Pantai, 1997
Signed and dated “ISMAIL MAT HUSSIN 1997” on lower right
Watercolour on paper
38 x 56.5 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
The inspiration for Ismail Mat Hussin’s consistent brand of paintings is not constructed merely for the sake of art, but it is something that comes from within, from his own person. How his work is shaped is heavily influenced by inherent traditional and cultural legacies from the East Cost, and that is a particular trait that is rooted in him.
This piece presents tranquility, reminisces of the past and daily experiences of people in the East Coast. The earthy, dim tones are something Ismail Mat Hussin has a proclivity for, using them often in his works. These colours are stable, friendly, calm and safe.
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.