B. Kuala Lumpur, 1946
Rubber Tappers, 2011
Signed “Kwan Chin” on lower left
54 x 45 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
RM 1,800 – RM 3,500
In Kwan Chin’s hallmark of employing vibrant colours, he captures the tranquil life of the countryside and several rubber tappers carrying on with their daily chores. It is notable that Kwan Chin has a penchant for the ordinary kampung life, showcasing the rural life in lively colours and convoluted details – both of his art and batik.
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.