Lot 42

LOT 42

(B. Kelantan, 1934)

Vivacity IV, 2003

Signed and dated “Khalil Ibrahim 2003” on lower right
Acrylic on canvas
59 x 69 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Illustrated on page 59 of “KHALIL IBRAHIM: A Continued Dialogue” exhibition catalogue Published in 2004 by National Art Gallery, Malaysia in conjunction with the exhibition held at the Galeri Petronas from April 20 – June 20, 2004

SOLD – RM 39,200

There may be presence of figures in this piece, if studied closely. They are tightly-knitted and almost amalgamated, rendered tastefully by Khalil Ibrahim in abstract form.

These shapes and forms are bits and pieces of the human form, torn and cautiously reassembled in arbitrary strips of flowing colours. It is crowded and concentrated, different tones, moods, movements and perspectives, echoing Khalil Ibrahim’s earlier inclination for Expressionism and Expressionistic abstraction. This piece is swarming, condensed and strong yet exuding ambiguity. This piece could be considered a dance, an intermingling between shapes and figures, a lively yet wavering cadence behind it all, leaving it up to the viewer what to take from it.