ISMAIL MAT HUSSIN
b. Kelantan, 1938
AFTER THE CATCH, 2009
Signed and dated ‘ISMAIL MAT HUSSIN 2009’ lower right
96cm x 96cm
Private collection, Kota Bahru; acquired directly from the
ESTIMATE RM 10,000 - 15,000
PRICE REALISED RM 33,000
The sombre bluish hues set the mood as the woman helps the two men fold the fishing nets before it gets dark. Ismail Mat Hussin was a protégé of Khalil Ibrahim, who also experimented in batik, but here, Ismail uses less of the trademark musculoskeletal patterns of his figures. His works are true to the life in the Malay fishing villages. This work is intriguing for the intricate webbing of the net, the perspectival play, and the three-figure triangle axis achieved through the batik medium. Ismail rarely produces his batik paintings in blue and the commonly seen are mainly his signature brown, which in fact makes After The Catch an exceptionally desirable piece.
Ismail Mat Hussin is one artist who kept true to batik painting since the beginning. His interest was kindled during weekly art painting classes under Nik Mahmood at Padang Garong Malay School, Kota Bharu, from 1954 to 1955. In 1968, he became a full-time artist. He was a graphic designer cum illustrator with Syarikat Percetakan Dian in Kota Bharu from 1979 to 1991. A Grade V certificate violin-player, he also worked part-time with Radio-Televisyen Malaysia in Kota Bharu from 1965 to 1967. He was a member of the Angkatan Pelukis SeMalaysia (APS) Kelantan chapter and the Persatuan Senilukis Kelantan (PESENI).