Lot 39 | 28 November 2021



LOT 39


B. Indonesia, 1974

Symphoni Alam, 2017

Signed and dated “Chap Kelvin 2017” on lower right

Mixed media on canvas

131 x 131 cm

Private Collection, Singapore

RM 3,000 – RM 7,000

Kelvin Chap grew up in Sabah, despite having been born in Indonesia. There, he developed an intense fascination for the Borneo tribal culture and symbolisms, which are always present in all his artworks. The masks, totem poles and everything iconic from Borneo is present in this artwork. The artist explained that the idea behind this piece is simply a social commentary; the overlapping of tradition and culture with modernisation, of how they clash, and the portrayal of a society that is too eager to accept urbanisation, so much so that the lines are blurred and almost obscure the original culture identity. There is also a narration about nature itself that is present in this painting, making this piece more meaningful in both meaning and technique.