CHEW FANG CHIN
B. Sarawak, 1947
Signed “Fang Chin” on lower right with the artist seal both on lower left and right
Mixed media on paper
43 x 29 cm
Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
RM 3,000 – RM 5,000
Chew Fang Chin’s paintings are synonymous with the colorful lifestyle of the Sarawak indigenous people. He has great love for their distinctive cultural heritage, and his specialty is to lively depict their customs, traditions and unique lifestyles through his creative brush using a mixture of watercolour and Chinese ink.
To get a deeper insight into the daily activities of the Ibans, Bidayuhs and Orang Ulus, Chew, a law graduate, has ventured into their longhouse settlements in the interiors, lived with these friendly natives and learned about their ways of life through personal touch.
Chew’s untiring efforts to portray and promote the rich cultural heritage of the various ethnic groups has won public recognition when the Sarawak Tourism Ministry chosen his “Ethnic Impression” Series for its 1993 and 1994 tourism calendars.