Lot 23 | 28 August 2022




LOT 23


B. China, 1914 – 2008

Mother and Child

Signed “Teng” on lower right


55 x 43.8 cm

Private Collection, United Kingdom

RM 35,000 – RM 70,000

Themes on physical labour and mother and child are often seen in Teng’s vast output. Here, the artist’s hallmark imagery of the Mother and Child departs from is usual depiction of women and children set within the rural Malaysian village scenes, the figures in this scene are at the foreground of the artwork, with a plain crackling background. Teng’s mother and child series illustrates his profound respect for the nurturing and even life-giving roles that women play. The artist’s early training in Chinese painting served him well technically and also influenced his compositions, and the colours he used. As Chinese philosophy emphasises balance, many of his works also are balanced in nature, or are circular compositions, promoting balance and equilibrium.