Lot 61 | Auction XXI

LOT 61

Kwan Chin
B. Kuala Lumpur, 1946

Villagescape, 2003

Signed “Kwan Chin” on lower right


98 x 107 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 8,000 – RM 12,000

Country life is unquestionably tranquil and there is always a close-knit community. The setting, as captured by the artist, is definitely something that is envied by those who live in concrete jungle as opposed to the natural ones. The entire piece speaks peace, quiet and picturesque.

This tranquil village scene is brilliant with life, the vivid choice of colours captures the clear and almost-palpable heat of the sun as a group of villagers go about their daily activities. These pieces are simple and seem effortless, but combined with the complexity of the process of batik, Kwan Chin certainly transform a simple batik piece into a masterpiece.

Born in Kepong, Kuala Lumpur in 1946, Kwan Chin attended the Nanyang Academy of Fine Art in Singapore during which he learned how to use traditional art materials. Shortly thereafter, he delved into the world of advertising but once he was introduced to batik, it instantly changed his career path. His batik pieces are rich in colour and his work is known around the world, having been exhibited in London and Miami.