Lot 63 | Auction XXXII

LOT 63

LOT 63


B.Kuala Kumpur, 1946

Rubber Tappers, 2011

Signed “Kwan Chin” on lower left


44 x 38 cm


Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

SOLD RM 5,040


Using vibrant and earthy tones of orange, yellow, brown and green, Kwan Chin sheds light on the antics of rubber tappers in their element using his niche, batik as his medium. It is notable that Kwan Chin has a penchant for the ordinary kampung life, showcasing the rural life in lively colours and convoluted details – both of his art and batik.

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.