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Lot 11

b. Kelantan, 1934

Mixed media on paper
27.5cm x 38cm

Collection of Raj Kumar RGP, Kuala Lumpur

ESTIMATE  RM 4,000 - 7,000
During his free hours, Khalil Ibrahim would sketch and sketch and now mostly from memory as if the scene or human players men and women, and different ones at that, are right before his eyes. Copious practice allowed him to perfect his art, so much so that he could virtually do it blindfolded. Each sketch has its unique configuration of postures, gestures and stances. Here, he caps it with an anchoring rectangular block at the back with white highlights on top and below. His sketches are just as delightful and detailed as his full-blown paintings, exhibiting a fascination for the human figure.

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 a fulltime artist in 1966 - a career now spanning 46 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 Visual Arts Gallery in Kuala Lumpur, 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.