Lot 001

Khalil Ibrahim
b. Kelantan, 1934 - d. 2018

Untitled, 1997

signed and dated (lower right)
watercolour on paper
22 x 26cm

Private collection, Kuala Lumpur

ESTIMATE RM 4,000 – 8,000
Khalil Ibrahim was skilled in painting the human figure, and this composition shows a unique configuration of postures, gestures and stances. His most well-loved themes are the people of the East Coast in the fishing village, or the Bali scene. His watercolours are just as delightful and detailed as his full-blown paintings, exhibiting a fascination for the human figures.

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, 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.