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Untitled (Study of P. Ramlee)
Untitled (Study of P. Ramlee)
c. 1965

For an artist committed to academic realism, Hoessein Enas’ sketches reveal the amount of attention he paid to the anatomical details of the human bodies. Contours of the hand and postures of the bodies are subjected to intense artistic scrutiny. This study of P. Ramlee, the iconic Malaysian actor and musician, highlights his mastery of technical skill as a significant aspect of his artistic process. It shows his creative attempts at capturing the emotional dramas inherent to the human figure through detailed studies of body parts.

Pencil on paper
35 x 26 cm
c. 1965
Credit Line:
Collection of ILHAM Foundation
© Hoessein Enas
About Hoessein Enas

Hoessein Enas (1924 - 1995) came to Malaya from Indonesia in 1947. His artistic stature as a portrait painter in the academic realist style grew in prominence following Malaya’s independence in 1957 and the formation of Malaysia in 1963, a country he came to identify as home. In 1956, he was the founding member of Angkatan Pelukis Semenanjung which was an important force in the development of artistic activity in the country around Independence. In 1963, Shell Ltd. commissioned him to travel throughout the country to produce a series of drawings and paintings to commemorate the formation of Malaysia. In 1990, Hoessein Enas was conferred ‘Royal Portrait Painter’ status by HRH The Sultan of Selangor.

Further Readings
  • Dato’ Hoessein Enas: From His Personal Collection, Rahel Joseph and Nur Hanim Khairuddin, eds., Kuala Lumpur: ILHAM, 2015.

  • Menemui Moderniti: 40 tahun Angkatan Pelukis Se-Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur: Balai Seni Lukis Negara, 1998.

  • Tan Chee Khuan, The Life and Art of Dato’ M. Hoessein Enas, Penang Art Gallery, 1999.