Lot 53 | 27 June 2021



LOT 53


B. Kedah, 1925 – 1977

Chinese Junk

Signed “A. B Ibrahim” on lower left

Watercolour on paper

27 x 38 cm

Private Collection, Canada

RM 1,000 – RM 2,000

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.

A.B Ibrahim excelled in creating and romanticising local landscapes only with the watercolour medium, as seen here, a tranquil milieu of a junk sail. It is a common, everyday and modest scene carrying a quiet and tranquil mood that accompanies the atmosphere of villages. His prowess in re-enacting mood and feeling as well as beautiful rustic landscapes on paper made him one of the most well-known artists in Kedah until this day.