Lot 21 | Auction XXXII

LOT 21

LOT 21


B.Kuala Lumpur, 1946

Kampung Life, 2012

Signed “Kwan Chin” on lower left


73 x 73 cm


Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

Comes with KLAS certificate

signed by the artist

SOLD RM 7,280


There is no denying that Kwan Chin has deep fondness for the Malaysian country life, setting and people. Kampung Life captures a group of village folks going about their daily lives doing various things. Like most of his notable works, Chin uses a wash of earth colours and dashes of bright tone palettes, as well as complex and thorough detailing. The artwork is busy and vibrant, yet illustrates the illusion that it’s in motion.

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.