Lot 005

b. Kelantan, 1934

NUDE I; NUDE II, 1998; 2000

Signed and dated (lower right)
Ink on paper, watercolour on paper respectively
29cm x 20cm; 24cm x 24cm

Private collection, Selangor.

ESTIMATE RM 6,000 - 10,000

In a career spanning 50 years, Khalil Ibrahim has done many nudes in watercolours and drawings and and semi-nudes, also in acrylic, but arguably has not had one dedicated solo. In this nude portfolio, always in the ‘open’ than as boudoir-like ‘stills,’ he plays on the delicacy of lines and the tonal washes in the watercolours and the busy cross-hatchings in his drawings with his fat pen. Khalil has not been able to paint decently for sometime since a stroke which affected his painting left-hand.

Khalil Ibrahim was educated at the St Martin’s School of Art and Design in London 1964 (National Diploma of Design, post-graduate, 1965) and turned fulltime on his return to Malaysia in 1966 when he was surprisingly relieved of his contract commitments. He never worked in any other job other than painting ever since. His first solo, of his batik and watercolours, was held at the Samat Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, in 1970. He was also the first Malaysian artist to have exhibited in Indonesia, in 1970. His major exhibitions include Khalil Ibrahim: The Art Journey in Petaling Jaya (2015), and Khalil Ibrahim: A Continued Dialogue at Galeri Petronas in 2004. He is also the co-founder Malaysian Watercolour Society.