Description: There is no controlling or choreographing what we dream or can dream, although the word itself can be a misnomer, which can refer to something hankered for or a target. This drawing, Dreaming, with Datuk Ibrahim Hussein’s tangled parallel lines, is probably one suggesting some erotic dreams, with or without the nocturnal emission. The Freudians will tell you that such dreams portent some deeply suppressed frustrations or inhibitions or some ideal imagined scenario with whoever it is that is dreamed about, but really, we’ll never know, in the absence of scientific truths.Datuk Ibrahim Hussein took part in the 1970 Venice Biennale through the Smithsonian Institute workshop. In 1977, he was featured in the tripartite simultaneous exhibition in Kuwait, which also featured works of Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali. In 1984, he won the Monte Carlo 18th International Exhibition of Contemporary Art. He was accorded a Retrospective by the National Art Gallery Malaysia in 1986. He graduated from the Byam Shaw School of Drawing and Painting (1959-1963), and the Royal Academy in London (1963-1966), after studying at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Art in Singapore in 1956 (less than a year only). His awards include the Anugerah Tokoh Terbilang (2007), the Japan Foundation Cultural Award (1988), the Order of Andres Bello of Venezuela (1993). He set up the Ibrahim Museum and Cultural Foundation in Langkawi in 2000 and celebrated it with the Langkawi International Festival of Arts. He also organised the Club Med Asian Arts Festival in Cherating (Pahang) and Bali.
Dimensions: 12.5cm x 19cm
Artist or Maker: IBRAHIM HUSSEIN, DATUK
Medium: Acrylic on paper
Provenance: Private collection, Selangor
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