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Ibrahim Hussein (1936–2009)

By Don J. Cohn

IBRAHIM HUSSEIN, Obama, 2008, acrylic on canvas, 92 x 112cm by. 

Courtesy Ibrahim Hussein Museum and Cultural Foundation, Langkawi.

Ibrahim Hussein, who rose from poverty in a rural Malaysian village to become one of his country’s best-known artists, died in Langkawi, Malaysia, on February 19 at the age of 72 as a result of a heart attack. The inventor of a technique called “printage,” which combines printing techniques and collage, Hussein produced works that ranged from the political to the colorful and decorative.

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