Lot 016

b. Kelantan, 1938

GASING, 2005

Signed and dated 'ISMAIL MAT HUSSIN 2005' (lower right)
77.5cm x 92cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE  RM 9,000 - 15,000

A group of men are illustrated playing tops or gasing, a favourite traditional past time of the rural folks of the East coast. Ismail Mat Hussin is known to depict traditional activities and themes that revolve around the rural community in his works namely fishing, moon-kite flying, market scenes, pounding rice to name a few. A protégé of Khalil Ibrahim, who also experimented in batik, Ismail uses less of the trademark musculoskeletal patterns of his figures. His works are true to the rustic life evident in his choice of colours and subject matter. This particular piece demonstrates the artist’s superb skill in his treatment of the tedious and delicate medium - the crease and shadows of the clothing, the detailed patterning of the men’s sarong, the variable shapes and hues of the ground and the silhouettes in the background.  

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).