Lot 75 | Auction XIV

LOT 75

(B. Kuala Lumpur, 1946)

Mother and Child II, 2011

Signed “Kwan Chin” on lower left
50 x 40 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Illustrated on page 17 of “Malaysian Villagescape by Kwan Chin” exhibition catalogue
Published in 2013 by KL Lifestyle Art Space

SOLD – RM 2,688

In this batik piece, Kwan Chin depicts a calm, peaceful atmosphere of the village folk, specifically that of a mother and child. With a wash of earthy colours and dashes of bright colours here and there, Kwan Chin captures perfectly the tranquility and the bond between mother and child. Using complex and thorough detailing, and the strenuous task of producing batik from scratch, Kwan Chin is one of the few artists who still uses the batik medium in art.

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.