b. Kelantan, 1934
Signed and dated ‘Khalil Ibrahim 92’ lower right
Acrylic on canvas
98.5cm x 127cm
Private collection, Singapore.
ESTIMATE RM 28,000 - 40,000
PRICE REALISED RM 46,200
This jigsaw of multiple colour tones is one of the techniques used in Khalil Ibrahim’s Fishermen series, meshing figures in various poses against the fragmented backdrops for a sense of movement. The figures of fishermen clad only in hiked-up sarongs and head cloths are invariably compactised to the centre creating another movement of inside-out or vice-versa. Such works are often an explosion of colour play, with the overlaps, the delineations, tonal patches and accentuations of rhythm and motions.
Khalil 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 – a career now spanning 47 years. 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 has 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.