CHUAH THEAN TENG, DATO’
(B. China, 1912-2008)
Kampung Life – Abstract, 1970s
86.5 x 63 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
AVALAIBLE – RM 55,000 – RM 85,000
The subject is enigmatic and the air is tense. The colours are almost washed out, giving it an almost archaic and extraordinary feel to it, as if an archaeologist has discovered one of the oldest treasures.
This piece is remarkably atypical, some way or another reminiscent of the ancient Egyptian craftsmanship.
There is amalgamation of different images and colors in this piece, but that, in no way whatsoever, makes the piece filled crowded and cluttered. It is an exemplary use of space, stylization and symbols. This piece is as intriguing as it is brilliant, in light of the fact that as the viewer analyzes each and every component in it, they find more images and pictures. There are slender, weak crackling lines embellishing this piece, the main sign that this is a batik piece, making this one a positively wonderful work of art.