B. Kelantan, 1934
Signed and dated “Khalil Ibrahim 80” on lower right
Ink on paper
33 x 44.5 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Illustrated on page 210 of “KHALIL IBRAHIM The Art Journey” exhibition book
Published in 2015 by KL Lifestyle Art Space
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophisication.” – Leonardo da Vinci
This absolutely simple piece done by mere ink on paper is a surefire to understand an artist’s expertise in art. With the simplest of mediums, Khalil Ibrahim draws a group of villager folk amidst a gathering. Using only basic of black ink, it is an insight to Khalil’s skill and knowledge of his subjects and his own techniques, and the end-product is something simply dramatic and effective. Although it may seem quick and haphazard, it is a sign that it takes a lot of practice and talent to be able to create a piece that is simple yet artistic.
Khalil Ibrahim graduated from the prestigious St. Martin’s School of Art & Design, United Kingdom in 1964. Thereafter, he became a full-time artist and has been so for fifty years now. He has held solo and group exhibitions in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Switzerland, with most of his works center around figures and are heavily influenced by East Coast fishermen and women.