b. Kelantan, 1934
Signed and dated ‘Khalil Ibrahim 97’ (lower right)
Ink on paper
41.5cm x 58.5cm
Private collection, Selangor; acquired directly from artist.
ESTIMATE RM 6,000 - 8,000
PRICE REALISED RM 19,800
|This pen drawing of shadowy figures on the beach illustrates figures of mostly women, helping out with the tangled nets after the men’s fishing outing. The lithe silhouettes and play of sinuous forms create a quiet rhythm as though in a choreographed dance. This is a perennial theme in Khalil Ibrahim’s works, either on paper, canvas or batik cloth, which show a cluster of industrious people, working together in a community spirit. Executed in 1997, a period that saw Khalil perfecting his ink lines on paper, Figures clearly shows how Khalil’s intuitive and confident use of lines has reached its zenith.
Khalil graduated from the prestigious St. Martin’s School of Art and Design in London in 1964. His career spans four decades with many solo and group exhibitions held in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Switzerland. His works are held in the collection of National Visual Arts Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, National Museum of Art, Singapore, Fukuoka Museum of Art, Japan, New South Wales Museum of Art, Sydney and Royal National Art Gallery of Jordan.