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Belantara Rasa #4 (Wilderness of Senses #4)


Acrylic on canvas
200 x 200 cm

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In the work, Ibrahim offers a taste of the wilderness. The idea of the wild offers the perception of the uncultivated and the uninhabited. Ibrahim offers us an alternative interpretation where he smothers his work with luscious warm and bright coloured strokes deflecting viewers away from notions of abandonment and neglect (terms often associated with wilderness). The composition is packed, almost suffocating, yet it pays tribute to the beauty in the wild – an alternate universe we are offered to savour.

About the Artist

Since receiving his fine arts degree, Ibrahim’s approach to painting has been rooted in characteristics of abstract expressionism—a visual language shared among many of his pupils such as the prolific Minang artists, Yunizar, Handiwirman Saputra, Yusra Martunus, and Zulkarnaini. Ibrahim’s method of painting is founded on an acute awareness of feeling; emotions experienced day-to-day, at home or at work, are integral to his creative decision-making. For Ibrahim, allowing emotions to direct his artistic approach is the most effective way to articulate both his inner and external self. Inspired by the works of abstract-expressionist pioneers Willem de Kooning (b.1904) and Jackson Pollock (b. 1912), Ibrahim pursues a creative process grounded in visceral instinct and spontaneity.

Ibrahim will be presenting his works at Gajah Gallery.