Lot 52 | Auction XXXII

LOT 52

LOT 52


B. Singapore, 1939

Abstract, 1963

Signed and dated “ SEAHKIMJOO

63” on lower right

Oil on board

46 x 46 cm


Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

SOLD RM 12,320


Born in Singapore in the year 1939, Seah Kim Joo was raised in Terengganu, during which he was exposed to the process of traditional batik-making. Although known as one of the few advocates of traditional batik-painting, Seah Kim Joo dabbled in other mediums such as oil on board, used for this particular artwork. While most of his works consist of lively and upbeat colours, this particular painting embodies muted and earthy tones. Seah Kim Joo studied at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1959 before returning to Malaysia to enhance his batik skills through his travels around the east coast. After having won the First Prize at the Malayan Federation Open Art Competition two years in a row, he has then been recognised for his use of dye-andresist technique in batik. His murals have adorned the Singapore Pavilion, and one of his paintings was selected for Singapore’s commemorative stamp series.