B. Alor Setar, 1925 – 1977
Malay Village, Penang, Circa 1960s
Signed “A.B IBRAHIM” on lower left
Watercolour on paper
26 x 36 cm
Provenance Private Collection, UK
RM 500 – RM 1,500
A. B. Ibrahim excelled in creating and romanticising local landscapes only with the watercolour medium. It is a common, quotidian and modest scene carrying a quiet and tranquil mood that accompanies the atmosphere of villages. The artist creates a very nostalgic and sentimental mood, reminscing the days gone by or homesick. His prowess in re-enacting moods and feeling as well as beautiful rustic landscapes on paper made him one of the most well-known artists in Kedah to date. 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.