Lot 006

M. Zain Idris
b. Terengganu, 1939 - d. 2000

Kampung, 1997

signed and dated ‘M ZAIN 97’ (lower right)
watercolour on paper
54 x 74cm

Private collection, Selangor.

ESTIMATE RM 2,500 – 4,500

Mohd Zain Idris is truly an accomplished watercolourist with the same pedigree as his painting buddy, Khalil Ibrahim. This watercolour of a kampung scene best attests to his accomplished skills with the subdued hues of light, the  sound draftsmanship of the simple kampung houses, the textures of the tree trunks and fronds, the shriveled frond on the ground, and the figure of a mother using the umbrella to shield the baby she is carrying with another child in tow making their way back to their home.

M. Zain is best known as the rare ‘State artist’ appointed by the Terengganu Menteri Besar and given his own studio cum residence in Kuala Terengganu, complete with a stipend. He had gone fulltime after being discovered by art-critic cum gallerist Frank Sullivan, then Press Secretary to Malaysia’s first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman. Dubbed the Fisherman Artist, he had his first solo at Sullivan’s Samat Art Gallery. Many of his works were sold at the MAHA agricultural market and to a frame shop in Kuala Lumpur. He had a joint exhibition with Kasim Abas at the Equatorial Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, in 1984, and at the Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, in 1987.