Lot 46 | Auction XIV

LOT 46

(B. Kedah, 1925-1977)

A Farmer’s Best Friend, Undated

Signed “A. B Ibrahim” on lower left
Watercolour on paper
27.5 x 38 cm

Private Collection, Canada


The air is romantic and breathtaking, as A. B. Ibrahim paints soft skies and the tranquility that comes with being in the countryside. This piece is sentimental and nostalgic as a farmer and his cattle wade through the village. The essence of the countryside is clearly captured here and it reminds one of being close to nature, away from the hustle and bustle of the city life and of the good old days where one sought solace in the midst of nature, teamed with A. B. Ibrahim’s expertise in his techniques.

A. B. Ibrahim was a self-taught artist and was one of the founder members of Persatuan Pelukis Melayu (Society of Malay Artists, Malaya) that was based in Singapore. His work, “Malacca Gate” is a permanent collection of the National Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur and at the Kedah State Gallery and the Royal Museum in Alor Setar. Although he was based in Alor Setar, he spent most of his time in Penang where he sold his paintings along Penang Road and Chulia Street.