Mohamed Amin Ismail
Mohamed Amin Ismail is a Sri Lankan born Malay, who has settled down in the UK with his family. His wife Noorani and him are retired Government Officers and they live in Croydon.
As a young lad he was interested in art and studied at the Heywood School of Fine Arts in Colombo. He was also a pupil of Sri Lanka’s famous artist , the late A.C.G.S. Amarasekera, a Royal Acadamecian. In 1962 he joined the St Martin’s School of Art in London and did oil painting.
After he got married in 1964, he gave up painting. It was about 10 years ago, his daughter Yasmin, who is a Graphic Designer, saw his paintings in the loft and encouraged him to start painting. Well this was the beginning after all those years.
At present most of his work is in watercolours and pastels. Mohamed exhibited his paintings at the London Malay Festival in August 2005. Since then he has exhibited his works at the festival of art at Sanderstead, Fairfield Halls in Croydon, the Bromley Town Hall, Chequer Mead Community Arts Centre in East Grinstead and at Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking. Moh’s exhibit at the CPSA Exhibition in August 2007 won him the Margaret Butler Cup for the best in show and in 2008 he was awarded the Tom Money Medal for the most innovative piece.
Moh is a member of the Civil and Public Service Artists, The Croydon Art Society and the Croydon Sketch and Painting Group.
Moh has travelled widely with his wife and has kept albums of photographs as a record of their travels and these pictures help him in his paintings.