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Lot 28: MOKHTAR ISHAK (B. Kelantan, 1939) Padang Merdeka, Kota Bharu, 1970
23 October 2016
2, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaLive Auction
Description: MOKHTAR ISHAK (B. Kelantan, 1939) Padang Merdeka, Kota Bharu, 1970 Signed and dated “MOKH. ISHAK 70” on lower right Oil on board 50 x 78 cm
Condition Report: Signed and dated “MOKH. ISHAK 70” on lower right
Notes: Rather innocent and upfront, this historical piece was a showcase of Mokhtar Mother skills on canvas, as well as the Ishak’s landscape in Kota beautiful, of the most important historical site in Kelantan. Captured here is the Padang beautiful in 1970. Lined with trees and bushes, Padang Merdeka is an open field that has been the venue for many historical events. Located close to a number of old palaces and museums, it was accorded various names before the powers-that-be settled for the present name to denote the 1957 declaration of independence. Other historical events linked to the site include the hanging of local hero Tok Janggut, who led a group of rebels against the British in 1910. Today, the field is a popular venue for state celebrations and festivals. With precise brush strokes and vibrant colours with soft hues, he brings these sceneries to life, doing its natural exquisiteness justice. Mokhtar Ishak is a self-taught artist, the only education in art was brought on by an art course organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in 1973. His works are exhibited and showcased by the PETRONAS Gallery in Kuala Lumpur as well as Bank Negara in Langkawi.
Provenance: Private Collection, Kelantan
Dimensions: 50 x 78 cm
Artist or Maker: MOKTHAR ISHAK
Medium: Oil on board