Lot 043

b. Kelantan, 1938


Signed and dated ‘ISMAIL MAT HUSSIN 2005’ (lower right)
102cm x 115.5cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE  RM 12,000 - 18,000

Marketplace demonstrates the artist’s superb skill in his treatment of the tedious and delicate medium. The fish laid on the ground and in the bucket, the crease and shadows of the clothing and basket weaves, the detailed patterning of the women’s sarong, the variable shapes and hues of the ground and the silhouettes in the background is a testimony to Ismail Mat Hussin’s observation in capturing the bustle of a Malaysian east coast marketplace.

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 and pounding rice. 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.

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).