Ismail Hashim

1940 – 2013

1993 | Novotel Hotel, Penang
2005 | Adiwarna Gallery
2008 | Galeri Seni Mutiara, Penang
2010 | Retrospective exhibition, Penang State Art Gallery
2014 | A tribute to Ismail Hashim, Fergana Art Space, The Whiteaways Arcade, Penang
2015 | UNPACK – REPACKArchiving & Staging Ismail Hashim (1940-2013), National Visual Arts Gallery, Kuala Lumpur



1967 | Specialist Teacher Training Institute, Kuala Lumpur
1975 | B. A (hons), University Sains Malaysia, Penang
1979 | MFA, Washington State University, USA

  • Grew up in Penang where he was first introduced to art by his father and further encouraged by his teachers at both, Francis Light School and the Penang Free School
  • Described as an everyman’s photographer and chronicler – one who did not go anywhere without a camera or two
  • A master in the alternative medium and celebrated for his hand-tinted technique
  • The first Malaysian photographer-artist to be given a retrospective exhibition hosted by the Penang State Art Gallery from November 2-30 in 2010
  • A passionate academician who in his 20s first taught at the Teachers’ Training College and the Federation School for the Deaf in Penang which inspired him to become a qualified teacher and gain a certificate in Art Teaching from the Specialist Teachers’ Training Institute in Kuala Lumpur
  • Tragically passed away at 73 years of age after being involved in a motorcycle accident in Penang in 2013.



1975 | Major Prize, National Photography Competition
1975 | Minor Prize, ACCU Photography exhibition, Japan
1976 | Minor Prize, ACCU Photography exhibition, Japan
1978 | Merit Prize, Miliken Carpet Design, USA
1979 | Minor Prize, International Photo Show, New York
1985 | Major Prize, Buy Malaysian Logo Competition
1990 | Major Prize, National Happy Family Photograph Competition



2012 May | Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers | Kedai Gunting, 1986 | hand-tinted gelatin silver print (49cm x 47cm), RM 24,200

2012 Oct | Henry Butcher Art Auction

2013 Apr | Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers | Colours of Croton… And Batik and Pulicat Sarongs, 1987 | hand-tinted black and white silver gelatin print (55cm x 45.5cm), RM 7,150

2013 Oct | Masterpiece

2014 Apr | Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers | Of Interesting Looking Seat And Other Parts of Bicycles Belonging To Penang Port Labourers, 2004 | toned hand tinted gelatin – silver print (96cm x 71cm), RM 13,440

2015 March | The Edge Auction | undated, RM 5,500

2016 March | The Edge Auction | Old Charm: Bird Cage | Hand-tinted black and white silver gelatin print, 2002-2010 (15cm x 15cm) RM 13,200