B. Kelantan, 1934
Gasing Sketch, 1984
Signed and dated “Khalil Ibrahim 84” on lower right
Ink on paper
27 x 40.5 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Illustrated on page 86 of “MALAYSIAN GEMS” exhibition catalogue
Published in 2011 by KL Lifestyle Art Space
We are able to catch a glimpse into Khalil Ibrahim’s rustic upbringing once more in this skillful sketch of ink on paper, a scene of his village folk absorbed in an entertaining game of gasing. Devoid of facial features, a group of boys are seen hanging about each other. The soft, worn paper brings about familiar village-like scenes bring and nostalgia.
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.