Lot 72 | Auction XXXIV


LOT 72


B. Kelantan, 1934 – 2018

Two Sisters, 1970

Signed and dated “Khalil 70” on lower left


51 x 42 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

Illustrated in the soon to be published “777, Celebrating 7 Illustrious Years at KLAS” coffee table book published by KLAS in November 2018

RM15,000 – RM30,000


As a medium, batik in Malaysia opened itself out in various directions by the mid-twentieth century. While contemporary batik painting in its extended form became not just a continuation of the craft’s classical origins but rather it took a revolutionary step forward as an accepted notion of mark making within Malaysian contemporary art practice. While the late Chuah Thean Teng pioneered this art form in the 1930s, it was only accepted as a medium of artistic expression by the 1960s.

Renowned for his pictorial style and his fascination with the daily activities of the rural communities of the East Coast, he employed various techniques that included traditional methods such as dip dye, crackling and the use of the tjanting to imbue delicate lines and details to his paintings.