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B. Kelantan, 1934

East Coast Series – 1/1981

Signed and dated “Khalil Ibrahim 81” on lower left

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 18 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 2,500 – RM 7,000

At first impression, the abstractism in this piece of art evokes an almost morose-like feeling to it. Its bold, potent splatter of colours seem like a reflection and lament of the past, of something long gone, something one remembers with a tinge of bitterness.

With human figures being the preferred theme and hallmark for Khalil Ibrahim, we are presented with an acrylic on canvas painting of strips of colourful figures.

The employment of gentle, diluted yet vibrant colours creates an overall soothing yet cheery rhythm. Silhouettes of various individuals are situated on the top of the canvas, where Khalil’s penchant for the human body is exhibited – all forms are caught in different poses. Khalil Ibrahim graduated from the prestigious St. Martin’s School of Art & Design, United Kingdom in 1964. Thereafter, he became a full-time artist and has been so for fifty years now. He has held solo and group exhibitions in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Switzerland, with most of his works center around figures and are heavily influenced by East Coast fishermen and women.