Lot 6 | Auction XXXII




B. Kelantan, 1934 – 2018

The Spirit of the East Coast and Sanur, 2002

Signed and dated “Khalil Ibrahim 002” on lower right

Ink on paper

44 x 56 cm


Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

SOLD RM 18,480


The Spirit of the East Coast and Sanur illustrates the figures of beautiful women walking about. The artwork shows Khalil’s unique technique of forming his subject to a dreamy-like manner in which brings forth the spirit-like visual of this stunning creation. Silhouettes of various individuals are situated mainly in the centre, where Khalil’s penchant for the human body is exhibited – he paints the curves, contours and forms expertly. The texture and gentility of the the figures sort of exudes the femininity of his subjects’ character and exhibits the art’s ethereal mood.

Khalil Ibrahim was perhaps one of the most illustrious Malaysian artists today where he had been actively involved in the Malaysian and regional art scenes for decades now. Khalil’s works known to depict traditional village life and the daily routines, have been seen in most major art spaces around the country and abroad. There is no denying that Khalil has created an art form for himself, which distinguishes his works from many other artists either from his time or after him. He learnt from the best in the industry and in doing so, has become one of the best in the country thereby bringing Malaysian contemporary art to a whole new level.