Lot 18 | 27 November 2022



LOT 18


B. China, 1914 – 2008

Penang Village Scene, 1970

Signed Teng on lower left


44 x 59 cm

Private Collection, Singapore

RM 15,000 – 30,000

Dato’ Chuah Thean Teng was born in China in 1914, where he studied at the Amoy Art School. Teng first started in this medium in 1953 and therefore he can be considered the father of Batik Painting in Malaysia. He says, “Art is the vision of the artist, his creation, imagination and expression reflecting the artist’s many degrees of feeling. It is an interplay of both emotional and visual expression where the illusions created convey the statements across. And through the different modes of expressions, we are compelled to seek some standard of value to enable us to distinguish between them. This distinction is called the transformation of things.” In terms of Dato’ Chuah Thean Teng’s ‘Penang Village Scene, 1970’ piece, this is a work that is quintessentially Teng (as he is affectionately known). All the hallmarks of gesture, form and colours are depicted — colour harmony of dark and light green, the close-cropped composition of coconut trees and the wooden houses on stilts alongside buffalo configurations and a villager outfitted in traditional attire. According to Frank Sullivan, “His (referring to Dato’ Chuah Thean Teng) productivity in batik painting is enormous…never satisfied, he is always experimenting, seeking to give new depth and range to his batik art.”