LOT 63 | Auction XXXV


LOT 63


B. China, 1913 – 1995

Untitled, 1980s

Signed “GEO CHANN” on lower right

Oil on canvas

79 x 59 cm

Provenance Private Collection, USA 

RM 24,000 – RM 30,000


George Chann (1913-1995) began his artistic career in the 1940s where he often painted portraits paintings of the poor with a strong sense of humanitarian concern in California, USA. After exploring potraitures and figurative landscapes, he began to venture into abstract painting. He paid homage to his Chinese heritage and developed his own Abstract Expressionism by applying Chinese characters, symbols and artifacts in his works. In the beginning of his abstractism style, he used black and white as his base colours with a theoretic combination of abstractism and the elegance of Chinese calligraphy.

He began to introduce more colours and explored complex structures in his paintings in the 1960s. This work is evidence of his venture into a bolder style, splash of colours that seem random but are in fact purposeful towards his intent to reveal a piece of history. For viewers who appreciate tasteful colour blends with yellow hues to create an intentional focal point in the seemingly chaotic artwork.