CHUAH THEAN TENG, DATO
B. China, 1914 – 2008
Signed “Teng” on lower left
55 x 45 cm
Provenance Private Collection, USA
Known as the Father of Batik Painting in Malaysia, Dato Chuah Thean Teng earned his stripes from his use of batik as a medium of fine art since 1953. Although batik painting has been around for hundreds of years, it is remarkable that no one before Teng had ever thought of adapting this age-old craft as a medium of fine art. His artistic proclivities includes landscapes, people and even animals, often a cultural education of the way of life in a particular community, their relationships and beliefs.
For this piece, the fishing community inspires Teng. The subjects are ever so focused on their jobs, retrieving their catch from the sea at sunrise, conveying diligence and the repetitive daily lives of fishermen.