B. Kelantan, 1928-2006
Wayang Kulit, 1971
Signed “Yusoff Abdullah” on lower left
60 x 46 cm
Private Collection, Kelantan
Yusoff Abdullah treads into the realm of batik this time, after having created many masterpieces with the countryside as his subject.
Wayang kulit is the subject of his painting this time, likened to the Kelantanese shadow play that he was inspired by when he was younger. Being one of the pioneer of weaving traditional and ancient imageries with modern visual art, he has taken his cues from his roots as a Kelantanese Malay, that form of culture and tradition is illustrated in this piece. It is a form of cultural identity and it is done beautifully. Wonderfully and colourfully done, this shows that the most beautiful of art arrangement can be created out of the simplest of things, as shown by the genius artist himself.
Yusoff Abdullah was inspired by his teachers from the tender age of ten and he became a teacher after finishing school. He started mixing his art expressions and his passion for teaching, and in turn, he was bestowed the State Level Guru Aktif Art Teachers Award in 1984 in acknowledgement of his contribution in the education of arts.