B. Kelantan, 1934 – 2018
East Coast Landscape, 1995
Signed and dated “Khalil 95 on lower right“
Acrylic on canvas
16.5 x 15.5 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
RM 2,500 – RM 6,000
Khalil began painting landscapes during the time when landscape painting in Malaysia was at its apex, before pursuing art studies at the prestigious St. Martin’s School of Art in London. Together with artists Yusoff Sulaiman and the late Nik Zainal Abidin, he learnt the fundamentals of painting from Nik Mahmud Idris, a Malay school inspector who returned to Kelantan after an art education spell in Singapore. The revolving theme in this class was the pastoral setting of kampungs and it was through this experience that Khalil enhanced his ability of capturing nature in all its glory. Evident in “East Coast Landscape, 1995”, he possessed the ability to transform an unassuming rural scene of the East Coast to a brilliant one using a display of colours and showcased his established precision.