B. Kelantan, 1934 – 2018
East Coast Ladies, 2003
Signed and dated “khalil ibrahim 003” on lower right
Ink on paper
40 x 57 cm
Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
RM 4,000 – RM 7,000
This absolutely simple piece done by mere ink on paper is a surefire to understand an artist’s expertise in art. With the simplest of mediums, Khalil Ibrahim draws a group of villager folk amidst a gathering. Using only basic of black ink, it is an insight to Khalil’s skill and knowledge of his subjects and his own techniques, and the end-product is something simply dramatic and effective. Although it may seem quick and haphazard, it is a sign that it takes a lot of practice and talent to be able to create a piece that is simple yet artistic.
Khalil Ibrahim graduated from the prestigious St. Martin’s School of Art & Design, United Kingdom in 1964. He has held solo and group exhibitions in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Switzerland, with most of his works centre around figures and are heavily influenced by East Coast fishermen and women.