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Lot 029

b. Penang, 1940

, 1987

Inscribed 'Colours of Croton...and batik & pulicat sarongs
hand tinted B&W gelatin silver hand print ISMAIL HASHIM
1987' on bottom of mounting board
Hand-tinted black and white silver gelatin print
55cm x 45.5cm

Private collection, Penang.

Ismail Hashim Retrospective, Safrizal Shahir, Penang State Art Gallery, 2010; illustrated on page 150.

ESTIMATE  RM 6,000 - 12,000

Although this hand-tinted photographic work was done in 1987, it was only displayed to the public at Galeri Seni Mutiara, Penang in 2008. Ismail, known for his eye for detail and a cheeky fondness for irony, is fascinated by the contrast of colours and designs between the small Croton shrubs in the foreground with the ornamental leaves in his house’s compound against those of the hung sarong and the pelikat sarong on the top right. A brand name Sanyo is discernible from the hidden air-condition compressor. Although Ismail is known for his multiple display of quaint and old objects like the bicycle saddles and makeshift letter-boxes which require him to travel all over to look for them, this Croton work shows that sometimes, inspiration can be right in front of you, in your garden or immediate surroundings.

Ismail Hashim is the first Malaysian photographer-artist to be given a Retrospective exhibition. The honour came from the Penang State Art Gallery which hosted it from November 2 to 30, 2010. Most of his important and often scathing socio-cultural - environmental commentaries were shown. Ismail is also a serious academic, having taught at a school for the deaf before he joined Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), lecturing on Graphic Design from 1979 to 1995. He returned to teach part-time from 2006 to 2007. It was at USM that he received his BA in Fine Arts in 1972 and he studied for his Masters of Fine Arts (majoring in Graphic Design) at the Washington State University in the United States in 1979.