IBRAHIM HUSSEIN, DATUK
(B. Kedah, 1936-2009)
Signed and dated “Ibrahim Hussein n.y. 68” on lower right
Mixed media on paper
28 x 25.5 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
SOLD – RM 15,900
Datuk Ibrahim Hussein, or Ib, as he was more affectionately known, was born in 1936 in a village called Sungai Limau in Kedah. He studied at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, and then continued his studies in London at the Byam Shaw School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools. One international critic described his abstract work as “futuristic and it is through a distinctive ordering of lines that he expresses differing complexities of form and dimensions.” Ib used a medium which he devised himself called “printage” – a mixture of printing and collage. He passed away due to a heart attack in 2009. Celebrated as one of Malaysia’s most forward-thinking artists and recognised for his work both internationally and on home ground, Ibrahim Hussein has a body of work that spans more than half a century and has left an extraordinary legacy of paintings that revolve around his perceptions of life, humanity, his country and the personalities that he met throughout the years.