Lot 19 | Auction XV

LOT 19

(B. Kuala Lumpur, 1946)

Fishing Village, 2011
Signed “Kwan Chin” on lower left
29 x 29 cm

Villagers and a Hound, 2011
Signed “Kwan Chin” on lower right
29 x 29 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Illustrated on page 15 & 18 of “Malaysian Villagescape by Kwan Chin” exhibition catalogue
Published in 2013 by KL Lifestyle Art Space

SOLD – RM 1,534

Kwan Chin has a penchant for the Malaysian country life, setting and people. The lines and details of the batik are very clear and evident here, proving to the audience how much of an expert Kwan Chin is with his detailing when it comes to batik. The lovely display of colours sets a cheerful, sunny mood for the viewer, at the same time showcasing the complexity of batikmaking.

Born in Kepong, Kuala Lumpur in 1946, Kwan Chin attended the Nanyang Academy of Fine Art in Singapore during which he learned how to use traditional art materials. Shortly thereafter, he delved into the world of advertising but once he was introduced to batik, it instantly changed his career path. His batik pieces are rich in colour and his work is known around the world, having been exhibited in London and Miami.