13 March 1936 – 19 February 2009 THE late Datuk Ibrahim Hussein was known as one of Malaysia’s finest artists, an excellent story teller, a loving father. And yet, the full story of his life has not yet been heard — until now with the release of ‘IB: A life’ —the autobiography of Ibrahim Hussein, published by Pusaka Publications.
13 March 1936 – 19 February 2009 A Malaysian artist. His main medium was one he devised himself and called "printage" – a combination of printing and collage. Ibrahim was born in 1936 in the village of Sungai Limau in the Yan district of Kedah. A talented artist during his youth, he began studies at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore in 1956. In 1959, he moved to London, where he studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools. During his time in London, he worked as a postman and film extra to survive financially, until he was awarded an Award of Merit scholarship which allowed him to travel to France and Italy. He returned to Malaysia to become a resident artist at the University of Malaya. In 1991, he founded the Ibrahim Hussein Museum and Cultural Foundation in the Langkawi rainforest – a non-profit foundation and museum dedicated to the promotion, development and advancement of art and culture. Ibrahim suffered a heart attack on 18 February, and was taken to the Pantai Medical Centre where he died the next morning just before 4.00 am.
“ To me, painting is like praying. When I paint, I am dealing with my heart, my work and God. There is deep joy and gratitude. Each piece frames a moment in my life ”. "My whole life is a journey. No destination, nothing to achieve. I don't look at the future. The future is now. The problem with us all is we worry so much, we worry about worry. The future is death, why worry about it? If we could live as though we're going to die next week, we can perform well, seeing the goodness in people, being thankful to God every morning for another beautiful day.” 13 th March 1936 - 19 th February 2009