Lot 54

b. Kelantan, 1934


Signed and dated 'Khalil Ibrahim 1965' (lower right)
Oil on canvas
100.5cm x 75.5cm

Private Collection, Selangor.

ESTIMATE  RM 40,000 - 60,000


An early abstract piece dated 1965 by one of Malaysia’s celebrated artists Khalil Ibrahim, Reclining Nude was conceived perhaps upon his return from United Kingdom. Inspired by the glorious Swinging London scene of the sixties, this jovial abstract piece illustrates organic swirling shapes in a cheerful palette of yellow, red, blue and green signifying a sense of liberation. Intense swirls in tangerine and red dominate the upper part of the canvas while the lower section is loosely painted in various shapes and colours to achieve a soothing effect, complementing the entire composition in harmony.

Khalil Ibrahim graduated with a National Diploma of Design in Fine Arts at the prestigious St. Martin’s School of Art and Design in London in 1964 (post-graduate in 1965). He turned into a full-time artist in 1966. Khalil was a co-founder of the Malaysian Watercolour Society and had his first double solo of London works and Malaysian batiks at Samat Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur in 1970. That year, he also had a solo exhibition in Indonesia, the first Malaysian to have done so. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Switzerland and his works have been collected by the National Museum in Singapore, Fukuoka Museum of Art in Japan, New South Wales Museum of Art in Sydney and the Royal National Art Gallery of Jordan.