Malaysian artist, M Shahrin Shaari, paints a landscape of village, Alor Mengkudu, of his native country in watercolor on paper. The site is a distinctively iconic scene of Southeast Asia, portraying the humble nature of life outside of the country’s big cities. And for those who have called Southeast Asia home, the painting will bring back fond memories of travels through the countryside.
Presented here is a plot of land in rural Malaysia. The rice farmer’s simple home is situated as the only structure surrounded by rice paddies. In the foreground, the artist recreates an almost perfect reflection in the purposely flooded paddy (as rice thrives in these conditions).
Contrary to the realist and smooth color transitions throughout the water, the more pronounced brushstrokes of the coconut tree leaves suggest an impressionist style. The artist layers the leaves in contrasting green hues; the color’s darker shades imply the thick density of the foliage.
The marriage of colors and the composition is tranquil and natural finessed with the artist’s impeccable fine detail of the scene’s vast vegetation. Small, golden grains speckle their thin, light green stalks in the majority of the painting. It shows we spectators that bourgeoning nature still prevails even over a manicured piece of land.
The provincial agriculture sustains the nation with the ubiquitous rice crop but at current, the village continues to urbanize from farming lands. This painting immortalizes traditional farming techniques and farming lifestyle that is admired from near and far. It’s a simple way of life shown through paintings, a way in which people have grown and harvested rice grains for centuries.
Purchase this original art on Artmajeur for $134: Alor Mengkudu by M Shahrin Shaari.