Lot 56 | Auction XV

LOT 56

(B. Kelantan, 1934)

East Coast Landscape, 2007

Signed and dated “Khalil 007” on lower right
Oil on canvas
23 x 30.5 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

SOLD – RM 10,030

Solitary and devoid of human inhabitants, this shows the artist’s intent study of landscapes, especially those of the countryside. Khalil Ibrahim used to attend art classes every Sunday in Kota Bharu, where he learned the fine art of watercolour and painting techniques from Nik Mahmud Idris, an art inspector. Perhaps this was a piece that was done to commemorate that time in his life, a time that influenced him, his life and ultimately his art. Rather innocent and upfront, this piece holds no hidden meanings or anything of that sort, this was a showcase of Khalil’s skills on canvas, as well as the beautiful landscape in the East Coast, combined with his love for his hometown, where his heart is. Seven of Khalil Ibrahim’s watercolour works from 1960 to 1992 are featured in the NHB Singapore’s collection.