Lot 42 | 20 February 2022




LOT 42


B. Singapore, 1939

Shepherd Girl, 1970s

Signed on lower right


60 x 90 cm

Private Collection, USA

RM 7,000 – 14,000

It was Seah Kim Joo’s hometown in Terengganu that exposed him to batik in his early days. His passion for batik painting only grew in the 1950s, when the Penang- based artist Chuah Thean Teng first pioneered painting using the batik medium. It also resulted in Seah being an ardent follower of the late Chuah and his works, since the manifestation of contemporary themes in a traditional medium was regarded as a direct expression of Nanyang regionalism. Seah’s works is nature and people, apart from occasional abstract pieces. Perhaps it was the cultural background of his hometown in Terengganu that influenced his choice of subject matters. Ever equipped with an ethereal quality, ‘Shepherd Girl, 1970’s’ is a batik work rendered in an orange hue, with shaped and silhouettes of bulls and cows surrounding the girl as she stands out in the foreground.