Lot 003

Khalil Ibrahim
b. Kelantan, 1934 - d. 2018

East Coast Series, 2001

signed and dated (lower right)
watercolour on paper
38 x 50cm

Private collection, Kuala Lumpur

ESTIMATE RM 12,000 – 20,000
This intricate work depicts a common scene of the East Coast daily activities. A group of diligent fishermen and women are working together, providing food and income for the family.

One of the best southpaws in Malaysian art, Khalil Ibrahim was sent on a Pahang government scholarship to study art at the St Martin’s School of Art and Design in London in 1959-1964, for his National Diploma in Design. He was already 30 when he graduated. He spent another year for his post-graduate in 1965. After a very brief teaching stint on his return, he was released from his bond, and he decided to turn full time, and he has been painting fulltime since 1966. In 1970, he was given his first solo at the Samat Art Gallery, of his batiks and watercolours, and he also had a solo exhibition in Indonesia that year. Khalil was a co-founder of the Malaysian Watercolour Society and rose to vice-president once. One of his main exhibitions is Khalil Ibrahim: A Continued Dialogue, held at Galeri Petronas in 2004.