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LOT 69

Khalil Ibrahim
B. Kelantan, 1934

Bachok, 1957

Signed “Khalil Ibrahim 1957” on lower right

Oil on canvas

32 x 52 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

Illustrated on page 89 of “KHALIL IBRAHIM The Art Journey” exhibition book

Published in 2015 by KL Lifestyle Art Space

Ilustrated on page 10 and page 75 of“KHALIL IBRAHIM A Continued Dialogue” exhibition catalogue
Published in 2004 by Galeri PETRONAS

RM 60,000 – RM 90,000


The East Coast is a place that artist Khalil Ibrahim holds very dear to his heart. Most of his illustrations and paintings are of the everyday life of the village people, or of the landscapes there. This time is no different as he takes on Bachok as the sun began to rise, seizing this time and moment to lay on the canvas.

This piece is busy with colours of nature, as he fully utilizes his skills and expressionistic side to bring the painting to life. The lighting, the shading as well as the motion in the waters is successfully captured by the artist. Silhouettes of people appear in the far distance on the left side, as well as the outline of the sea. This painting reminds one of home, and of being close to nature.

Khalil Ibrahim graduated from the prestigious St. Martin’s School of Art & Design, United Kingdom in 1964. Thereafter, he became a full-time artist and has been so for fifty years now. He has held solo and group exhibitions in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Switzerland, with most of his works center around figures and are heavily influenced by East Coast fishermen and women.

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