IBRAHIM HUSSEIN, DATUK
B. Kedah, 1936 – 2009
Signed with artist’s device and dated 63
Acrylic ink and collaged paper on paper laid to card
25.4 x 23.5 cm
Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Illustrated on page 10 in the “777, Celebrating 7 Illustrious Years at KLAS” coffee table book published by KLAS in February 2019
Datuk Ibrahim Hussein, affectionately known as Ib, was born in Sungai Limau, Kedah, in 1936. He studied at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore in 1956 and then moved to London, where he continued his studies at the Byam Shaw School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools. He travelled to France and Italy after being presented with an Award of Merit scholarship. He also founded the Ibrahim Hussein Museum and Cultural Foundation.
Datuk Ibrahim Hussein never fails to captivate art enthusiasts by proving his mastery in abstract, which is often deemed futuristic due to the complexity in the way he expresses the forms and dimensions of his creation. His main medium was one he devised himself and called “printage”—a combination of printing and collage. This particular art piece was part of the series of artworks exhibited and sold by Galerie International New York between 1964 and 1967.