B. Kelantan, 1934
Indian Series “Indian Experience III”, 2001
Signed and dated “Khalil Ibrahim 001” on lower right
Watercolour on paper
52 x 76 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Illustrated on page 104 of “KHALIL IBRAHIM The Art Journey” exhibition book
Published in 2015 by KL Lifestyle Art Space
In this piece, Khalil captured not only the urban landscape, but the emotions and sounds that come along with the scene. One can almost feel the heat of the sun, the soft breeze, the distant chatter of people and the sound of traffic in the New Delhi city centre, He illustrated beautifully the mood, the bustling traffic in the humble city with his artistic skills when he painted this artwork at the actual site when he attended the New Delhi Bienniale in 2001.
Khalil Ibrahim is perhaps one of the most illustrious Malaysian artists to as he has been actively involved in the Malaysian and regional art scene for decades now. Cutting across all the boundaries of art and culture, Khalil’s work is known to depict the traditional village life and the daily routines which have been seen in most major art spaces all over the country and abroad. There is no denying that Khalil Ibrahim has created an art form for himself, which distinguishes his works with many other artists either from his time or after.
Khalil Ibrahim is indeed a legendary icon in the Malaysian art scene. Born in 1934 in Kubang Krian, Kelantan, he is by far one of the few Malaysians who received a state scholarship to attend art training at the prestigious Central St Martin’s School of Art and Design in London. Throughout his long career, which spans over 50 years, Khalil has held a number of solo and group exhibitions in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Switzerland. His masterful skills in drawing, watercolour and acrylic, are in styles that move from the almost real to the almost abstract.