Lot 075

b. Kedah, 1936 - d. Kuala Lumpur, 2009


Inscribed, signed and dated 'Somewhere last spring ibrahim hussein. 1965' (lower left)
Mixed media collage on paper
30cm x 25cm

Private Collection,Australia.

ESTIMATE  RM 15,000 - 25,000

Somewhere Last Spring is an abstract collage on paper work by the legendary Datuk Ibrahim Hussein. Executed in 1965 while attending the Royal Academy of Arts in London, this pastel hued piece celebrates a memorable place with a burst of organic shapes of various sizes, straight and undulating black outlines rendered in muted and bold red tones. In the same year (1965), Ib, as the artist was affectionately known, had also held his second solo exhibition at Gallerie Internationale, New York. His exposure in the West had shaped his progressive world viewpoint thus he was able to create cosmopolitan and sophisticated works contemporary to his time in the context of Western society. Sourced from a private collection in Australia, this significant piece returns home for the very first time.

Datuk Ibrahim Hussein was enrolled at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore in 1956. He received a scholarship to study at the prestigious Byam Shaw School of Drawing and Painting and the Royal Academy of Arts in London where he graduated in 1963 and 1966 respectively. A Fullbright Award saw him touring the United States and participating in exhibitions there. His career hit sky-high when he was selected to exhibit alongside Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali in Kuwait in 1977. In 1970, he was selected for the Smithsonian Institute workshop in the Venice Biennale. He had won many illustrious international awards, including the Japan Foundation Cultural Award (1988), the Monte Carlo 18th International Exhibition of Contemporary Art (1984), the Order of Andres Bello of Venezuela (1993), the Order of Bernardo O’ Higgins of Chile (1996), the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award (1997) and the Anugerah Tokoh Melayu Terbilang (2007). A rare recipient of triple “Datuk” titles from various royalties, Ib was honoured with a retrospective exhibition by the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur in 1986. After 11 years of struggles and planning, the Ibrahim Hussein Museum and Cultural Foundation in Langkawi was launched in 2000. Together with his wife Datin Sim, he had organised the Club Mediterranee Asian Arts Festival in Cherating, Pahang and in Bali, Indonesia, as well as the 1st Langkawi International Festival of the Arts.

Ibrahim Hussein: A Retrospective, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, 1986.