Lot 76 | Auction XV

LOT 76

(B. Kelantan, 1934)

Fishermen East Coast Series, 2005

Signed and dated “ Khalil Ibrahim 2005” on lower right
Watercolour on paper
21 x 30 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

SOLD – RM 4,956

We are able to catch a glimpse into Khalil Ibrahim’s rustic upbringing once more in this skillful sketch of ink on board, a scene of his favourite group of people – the fishermen of the East Coast.

Regardless of the absence of colour, the way the fishermen’s backs are turned towards the viewer, and the viewer cannot help but feel like glancing over their shoulders to see what exactly the commotion is about – have they caught a rare fish? Or are they simply playing a game to pass time? Khalil Ibrahim successfully captures the audience’s curiosity in this piece. Seven of Khalil Ibrahim’s watercolour works from 1960 to 1992 are featured in the NHB Singapore’s collection.