(B. Kuala Lumpur, 1946)
Couple in Love & A Farming Family I – Brown Series, 2011
Signed “Kwan Chin” on lower right
29 x 29 cm x 2 pieces
Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Illustrated on page 11 and 13 of “Malaysian Villagescape by Kwan Chin” exhibition catalogue
Published in 2013 by KL Lifestyle Art Space
SOLD – RM 2,800
There is a certain glow and warmth emanating from these two pieces and it is not because of the colours that decorate these batik designs. The subjects revolve around family and relationships, as the two of them capture the loving atmosphere that is present around family and significant others. Vividly coloured, his theme here is forthright and uncomplicated, no intricacies or hidden messages behind it – it is a very stunningly done piece of batik artwork, pure visual bliss. The only complication in this piece is his technique in executing it, from the laborious tasks of producing batik material from scratch to the detailing of the figures and scenery to the colours painted on them. The entire piece speaks love, peace, quiet and picturesque.
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.