Lot 16 | Auction XXXIV

LOT 16


B. Kelantan, 1934-2018

East Coast Figure Study I & II

Ink and watercolour on paper

12 x 9 cm (2 sketches)

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

Illustrated on page 267 of the “The Art Journey of Khalil Ibrahim” Retrospective book published by KLAS in 2015.

RM1,200 – RM2,500


Khalil Ibrahim is indeed a legendary icon in the Malaysian art scene. Born in 1934 in Kubang Krian, Kelantan, he was by far one of the few Malaysians who received a state scholarship to attend art training at the prestigious St Martins School of Art and Design in London. Throughout his long career, which spanned over 50 years, Khalil held a number of solo and group exhibitions in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Switzerland. His masterful skills in drawing, watercolour and acrylic, were styles that moved from the almost real to the almost abstract. Khalil’s preference for the human figure led him to create iconic images of men and women in the East Coast Malay fishing villages against stark backgrounds.