Lot 17 | Auction XXXIV

LOT 17


B. Kelantan, 1934-2018

East Coast Woman, 2008

Signed and dated “Khalil Ibrahim 008” on lower right

Watercolour on paper

25 x 17.5 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

Illustrated in the soon to be published “777, Celebrating 7 Illustrious Years at KLAS” coffee table book published by KLAS in November 2018

RM2,500 – RM3,500


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.