Lot 81 | Auction XIX

LOT 81

B. Kelantan, 1934

East Coast Fishemen I, 1995

Signed and dated “Khalil 95” on lower right

Watercolour on paper

14 x 20 cm

East Coast Fishemen II, 1995

Signed and dated “Khalil Ibrahim 95” on lower right

Watercolour on paper

14 x 20 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 8,000 – RM 13,000

Evoking the familiar spirit of Khalil Ibrahim’s beloved East Coast once more, this is a variation of the work of his East Coast Series, where the artist was inspired by his rustic upbringing in Kelantan. Featuring a group of young men walking by the beach together after the day’s catch and sharing a lively moment between friends, Khalil bring out the details of the beach, the sand, the background, the sky, and the detailing of the vibrant and contrasting colours of the men’s apparels with his prowess in watercolour. Captured in this moment is a day of friends, bright sunny skies, warm breeze and hot weather, as well as the charm of the countryside.

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.