Lot 15 | Auction XIX

LOT 15

B. Kelantan, 1934

Figurative Series, 1994

Signed and dated “Khalil Ibrahim, 94” on lower right

Acrylic on canvas

122 x 122 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 45,000 – RM 60,000

With human figures being the preferred theme and hallmark for Khalil Ibrahim, we are presented with a mesmerizing acrylic piece of colourful, hypnotising women moving across the canvas.

The employment of bright, enlivening colours creates an overall enthusiastic and energetic mood. Silhouettes of various individuals are situated mainly in the center, where Khalil’s penchant for the human body is exhibited – he paints the curves, contours and forms expertly.

In entirety, this piece is reminiscent of wayang kulit, given its flat depths.

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.