Lot 134

Ibrahim Hussein, Datuk
b. Kedah, 1936 - d. Kuala Lumpur, 2009

Dance Of Joy, 1985

signed and dated
‘ibrahim hussein ‘85’ (lower left)
offset lithograph on paper,
edition 34 of 155, 76 x 56cm

Private collection, Kuala Lumpur

ESTIMATE RM 6,000 – 12,000

This work with the trademark fine rhythmic parallel lines by Datuk Ibrahim Hussein was done in conjunction with the soloist performance of the Royal Danish Ballet in Malaysia in June 1985. Five figures in body hugging leotards are shown moving towards left, four with left hand raises upwards. The lines are clean and neat with certain areas revealing accentuations of darker tones. Part of their limbs are etched out against a rectangular board etched with waves of Ibrahim’s inimitable lines running horizontally in a viscous flow. The work was done in offset lithograph in edition of 155, with the proceeds of sale going to the Malaysian Red Crescent Society.

Datuk Ibrahim Hussein studied at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore in 1956 but did not complete. He graduated from the Byam Shaw School of Drawing and Painting (1959-1963), and the Royal Academy in London (1963-1966). In 1970, he took part in the Venice Biennale through the Smithsonian Institute workshop and in 1977, he was featured in the eventful tripartite exhibition with Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali in Kuwait. He was accorded a Retrospective by the National Art Gallery in 1986. His awards include the Anugerah Tokoh Terbilang (2007), the Japan Foundation Cultural Award (1988), the Monte Carlo 18th International Exhibition of Contemporary Art (1984), the Order of Andres Bello of Venezuela (1993). He set up the Ibrahim Museum and Cultural Foundation in Langkawi in 2000 and celebrated it with the Langkawi International Festival of Arts. He also organised the Club Mediterranee Asian Arts Festival in Cherating (Pahang) and Bali.