Lot 18 | Auction XV

LOT 18

(B. Kedah, 1946)

Village Life, 2007

Signed “Thean Song” on lower left
78 x 48 cm

Private Collection, Kedah
Acquired directly from the artist

AVAILABLE – RM 4,000 – RM 6,000

The setting is simple, and everyday. It is something that we commonly see.

However, Tan Thean Song manages to turn a small gathering into something completely otherworldly and arresting. With elaborate batik details, patterns and shapes, the congruent tones and gradual change of warm hues of the backdrop, it seems almost spiritual and ethereal.

Tan Thean Song studied art at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, and specializes in painting with Chinese ink and watercolour. His painting ‘Playing Kite’ is a permanent collection of the National Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur, and said painting also won the second prize in batik medium in the Salon Malaysia Art Competition in 1969. In 1964, he won the first and consolation prizes in the Malaysian Young Artists Art Competition.