Lot 85 | Auction XIX

LOT 85

B. Kelantan, 1934

East Coast Bachok Landscape, 2007

Signed and dated “ Khalil Ibrahim 07” on lower right

Watercolour on paper

42 x 59 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Selangor

RM 7,000 – RM 10,000

The elegance of the rich colours playing together on this piece by Khalil Ibrahim gives us the opportunity to spend some time in the luxurious countryside. His paintings seem to slow down time, letting us enjoy the precious details of nature at its best. Khalil recalls his favourite place here, and his heritage, and he honours them both by painting this beauty. This painting seemsto evoke nostalgia in order to confront us with the strangeness of our present time.

Khalil Ibrahim is indeed a legendary icon in the Malaysian art scene. Born in 1934 in Kubang Krian, Kelantan, he is by far one of the few Malaysians who received a state scholarship to attend art training at the prestigious Central St Martins School of Art and Design in London. Throughout his long career, which spans over 50 years, Khalil has held a number of solo and group exhibitions in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Switzerland. His masterful skills in drawing, watercolour and acrylic, are in styles that move from the almost real to the almost abstract.