Lot 39 | Auction XXXIII


LOT 39


B. Kuala Lumpur, 1946

A Cattleman, 2012

Signed “Kwan Chin” on lower right


76 x 76 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Singapore

RM 4,000 – RM 8,000


Kwan Chin is masterful when it comes to the batik art medium with a touch of Nanyang style. The following artwork depicts a cattleman relaxing under the tree, shading away from the blazing sun. His illustration portrays an obvious cubism and geometric forms in his figures. His works are bright in atmosphere with very distinct contrast of colours that is striking and undoubtedly attention grabbing, which is his identity and usual trademark.

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.