Description: Kelantanese Dancer first appeared at Sotheby’s Southeast Asian auction in Singapore on Oct 5, 1996. This was done before he went for his second bypass operation in the United States in 1992. It’s interesting to note that the costumes now are brightly coloured and more elaborate compared to this prim dull-coloured dress worn by this female dancer, with a dark selendang (sash) over her blouse and chequered sarong. Only an earring and flowers on her sanggul (bunched hair tied at the back of the head) adorn her head, there is no headdress or armlet. The dance is usually accompanied by music from the rebani ubi, kendang and rebab, but the full gamelan orchestra is absent here, signifying a more private event. Indonesian-born Dato’ Hoessein Enas was the founder-president of the Angkatan Pelukis SeMalaysia (then Majlis Kesenian Melayu), which he formed in 1956. He headed it until 1964. He also co-founded the Angkatan Seni Rupa Indonesia in Medan and was its first president in 1944. He was accorded a Retrospective by the National Art Gallery in 1966. He had the distinction of having his first solo exhibition abroad, at the Charniel Gallery, Chelsea, London, in 1960. It was at the time he won a UNESCO Fellowship and Asia Foundation grant. He also won the US Fellowship 1969 and the Colombo Plan award twice 1968 and 1976. He was conferred the Dato’ship by the Sultan of Selangor in March 1991, a year after being made ‘Royal Portrait Painter’ (May 1990). His Silat (1991) of size 76cm x 102cm was sold for RM 126,500 in Henry Butcher Art Auction sale in 2011.
Dimensions: 75.5cm x 100cm
Artist or Maker: MOHD HOESSEIN ENAS, DATO’
Medium: Oil on canvas
Provenance: Private collection, Selangor
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