B. Kelantan, 1934
Lucerne Boathouse, 1987
Inscribed “Khalil 87 Switzerland” on lower right
Watercolour on paper
24 x 32 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Illustrated on page 77 of “KHALIL IBRAHIM The Art Journey” exhibition book
Published in 2015 by KL Lifestyle Art Space
This was undoubtedly influenced by Khalil’s sojourn in Europe, as this is a clear turn from his usual East Coast landscapes and subject matter, as the artist only paints what he sees, focusing solely on his senses and observation skills. There are no commentaries nor hidden messages, it is merely a rendering of something beautiful, something that caught the artist’s eye. Khalil discovered various other artists and influences that somehow led to the many layers in his artworks. It is during this time that during his studies abroad, he learned new approaches to art and life, and this shaped how Khalil approached his own.
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.