B. Kelantan, 1934
East Coast Series, 1995
Signed and dated “Khalil Ibrahim 95” on lower right
Acrylic on canvas
45.5 x 26.5 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Khalil Ibrahim has always been so fascinated with the human figure. It is a recurrent theme, and it is Khalil’s hallmark, apart from depictions of the East Coast.
JThese East Coast shadow ladies are painted beautifully in vibrant, vivacious colours set against equally bright blues as background. Khalil’s penchant for the human figures is exhibited – he paints the ladies dancing across the canvas, paying particularly extra attention to the designs and colours of their sarongs.
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.