B. Kelantan, 1934 – 2018
Portrait of a Lady, 1982
Signed and dated “Khalil, 82” on lower right
Oil on board
20.9 x 18 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
RM 2,800 – 5,500
To own an artwork by Khalil Ibrahim is to own a piece of history. The Kelantan-born artist was regarded as one of the most influential and versatile artists in Malaysia for his foray and excellence in the mediums. The ‘Portrait of a Lady’ is an ode to Malaysian women. A female with long black hair and tanned skin with slight blush on her face, donning a yellow top becomes the subject. Her facial expression leaves the audience in a state of debate. The portrait invokes a powerful curiosity into the thoughts of the subject which brings his body of art to life.