Khalil Ibrahim is one of Malaysia’s most established artists and has been a full time artist for over 40 years.
His skill with various mediums, including acrylic, oil, watercolour and pen & ink, create fluid figures, landscapes and abstracts. He is, however, best known for the silhouetted forms of his East Coast series and early batik work.
As a student, winning an international art scholarship enabled study at the St. Martin’s School of Art, London, where he pursued post-graduate work. While there, he traveled extensively in Europe before returning to Malaysia in 1966.
“…the evolution of Khalil’s carefully orchestrated aesthetic attested not only to his own enduring spirit and talent, but also to that of humble villagers, often downpressed yet ever exuberant and undefiled. Despite the shift in his artistic skill that spelt the vantage of European academic values that benefited him from his first hand exposure to the fine arts of London and the capitals of Europe, it was the lush tropical landscapes and the ardent humanism of South East Asia that he chose to acknowledge.” Shireen Naziree, ‘Continued Dialogue’ 2004.
Khalil’s works have been featured in numerous international and local exhibitions and publications and are part of international private and public collections, most notably, the National Art Gallery (Malaysia) and Petronas Gallery.