Lot 25 | Auction XXIII

LOT 25

B. Kelantan, 1945

Orchids, 1973

Signed “S.KENG” on lower right


57 x 43.5 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 5,974.16

Chuah Seow Keng is recognised as one of Malaysia’s leading artists and is very well known for his batik and watercolour paintings. Born in 1945 in Kelantan, Malaysia, Seow Keng now makes his home in Penang. In 1968 he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Suddeutsche Kunststoff-Zentrum in Wurzburg, Germany. While attending this academy he specialised in fiberglass sculpture, a difficult, but rewarding art medium.

While being recognised as an accomplished sculptor, Seow Keng is also acknowledged as a masterful batik artist. His abilities as an artist were noticed at a very early age. He was exposed to the art of batik painting by his father, the renowned artist Dato’ Chuah Thean Teng, who pioneered batik painting as a fine art form. Seow Keng excels in this intricate art technique and was chosen to demonstrate his batik skills at the International Freundschaftheim in Buckeburg, Germany. During 1974 Germany’s Television Channel Zweites-Deutsches- Fernsehen-Trans-Tel made a documentary film of Seow Keng and his brothers who demonstrated the art of batik painting for German viewers.

Seow Keng’s excellent technique in working with the batik medium is evidently translated onto this batik. As he relayed his fascination through his art, depicting the orchids’ delicacy and allure, rich colours of radiance and bursting with life.