Lot 34 | Auction XV

LOT 34

(B. Kelantan, 1934)

Kijang for Bank Negara, 1993

Signed and dated “93 Khalil Ibrahim” on lower right
Titled on verso
Acrylic on canvas
82 x 59 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

SOLD – RM 42,480

Throughout Khalil Ibrahim’s career as an artist, the influence of abstract has been present every now and then in some of his works. They are definitely rare, but they are nonetheless glorious. Most of his abstract works were done upon Khalil’s return from his studies in Britain.

With a spellbinding composition, it is a turn from his usual study and depictions of the human figures, but it remains vibrant and eye-catching in its unfussiness and choice of subject and direction. This piece was painted for the Kijang Competition organized by Bank Negara.

Khalil Ibrahim graduated from the prestigious St. Martin’s School of Art & Design, United Kingdom in 1964. Thereafter, he became a full-time artist and has been so for fifty years now. He has held solo and group exhibitions in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Switzerland, with most of his works center around figures and are heavily influenced by East Coast fishermen and women. Seven of Khalil Ibrahim’s watercolour works from 1960 to 1992 are featured in the NHB Singapore’s collection.