Lot 56 | Auction XX

LOT 56

Seah Kim Joo
B. Singapore, 1939

Singapore River

Signed “Seah Kim Joo” on lower right


51.5 x 79.5 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 7,000 – RM 11,000

Posing in this batik piece is an elegant, rusting setting of a village by the river. Seah Kim Joo showcases his skills for detailing with his intricate designs that surround the subject of the piece. With the stonewashed-like brown colouring, he gives it a more aged, antique quality to it. The classical appearance teamed with the group of villagers going about their daily lives make it both charming and nostalgic.

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. He 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-and-resist technique in batik. His murals have adorned the Singapore Pavilion, and one of his paintings was selected for Singapore’s commemorative stamp series.