B. Kuala Lumpur, 1946
Fruit Sellers Series, 2003
Signed “Kwan Chin” on lower left
85 x 143 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
RM 9,000 – RM 15,000
Kwan Chin was born in Kepong, Kuala Lumpur in 1946. He attended the Nanyang Academy of Fine Art in Singapore where he learned to use traditional art materials. Soon after, he decided to enter the world of advertising but instantly changed his career path after being introduced to the medium of batik, which is a popular art and craft skill in West Malaysia. His batik works are rich in colour and is widely known around the world, having been exhibited in London and Miami. This particular piece shows Kwan Chin creatively capturing the scene of a group of women selling fruits in a serene forest backdrop. The women are dressed in vibrant colours alongside captivating patterns and prints – unmistakably exhibiting the artist’s expertise in mixing different designs and motifs, cohesively blending them all to a single unique artwork.