Lot 26 | Auction XVIII

LOT 26


B. Kelantan, 1934

South of France, 1981

Signed and dated “Khalil Ibrahim, 1981” on lower right

Ink on paper
41 x 24 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

Illustrated on page 240 of “KHALIL IBRAHIM The Art Journey” coffee table book

Published in 2015 by KL Lifestyle Art Space

RM 2,000 – RM 4,000

Khalil Ibrahim’s sketches have been crucial to his art practice. Sketchbooks kept him grounded, a map to locate himself if ever he were to go far off. Sketching brought him back to the present. They also enabled him to keep track of moments that mattered.

This was perhaps the most intimate way of reaching into Khalil’s mind, his thoughts and ideas from deep within. It first started during his training at St Martin’s, where he would sketch potential frameworks and ideas for his art, and continued on even when he returned to Kuala Lumpur where he and his friends would wander around Jalan Masjid India to sketch people.