Coddle 2
signed and dated 'ibrahim hussein '02' (lower right)
oil on canvas
58 x 58 cm. (22 7/8 x 22 7/8 in.)
Painted in 2002
Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner in 2005
Private Collection, Australia

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Lot Essay

One of the most distinctive abstract modern Asian painter, Malaysian Ibrahim Hussein is recognised for creating a language of abstract art with fine sinuous line work. The artist's heightened sensitivity and life-long exploration into the graphical qualities of painting has allowed him to propagate a singular and atypical style of abstraction.
Coddle 2 (Lot 192) is a distinctive piece from Hussein's most recognisable series of works where line, as a pictorial element, take dominant form. With a well-balanced colour palette, balanced in the contrast and weightiness of each colour, the work conveys a keen sense of dynamism and energy coursing through the linework. With its title referencing a certain sentiment, the work conveys an abstract quality but is above all, a picture that handles the fundamental qualities of line, colour and shape in a singular and distinctive style that is characteristic Ibrahim Hussein.

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