Lot 115

b. Kelantan, 1934


Signed and dated 'Khalil Ibrahim' (lower right)
90cm x 110cm

Private Collection, Selangor.

ESTIMATE  RM 35,000 - 50,000

A group of women dressed in batik sarong is illustrated in signature Khalil Ibrahim composition in the act of pulling or mending fishing nets after their men’s long day of work at sea. Dated 1973, this alluring piece displays the artist’s early endeavour in batik art, a medium that he has been exploring since the late 1960s. The intricate qualities of finely outlined motifs are visible on the batik sarong worn by the women and men seen in the background. Khalil Ibrahim captures the nostalgic setting, which demonstrates communal spirit or gotong-royong practiced by the local communities of rural Malaysia.

Khalil Ibrahim 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. 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 have 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.