B Kelantan, 1934 – 2018
Figure Sketches I & II, 1980s
Pen on paper
12 x 9 cm x 2 pieces
Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Khalil Ibrahim’s obsession with the human figure once again prevails in these pen ink sketches. This group of human figures in their most organic form, stripped of gender, appearance, and identity, sharing a lively moment together, is to perhaps evoke the familiar bustling spirit of people from the East Coast. Throughout his career, the artist had been documenting observations of groups of humans, particularly of the East Coast, highlighting women, fishermen, movements, or just everyday living in rural Malaysia.