Lot 78 | Auction XVII

LOT 78

(B. Kuala Lumpur, 1943)

Sunshine Girl, 1998

Signed “Kwan Chin” on lower left
74 x 74 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 4,500 – RM 8,000

Kwan Chin has a penchant for the Malaysian country life, setting and people. The lines and details of the batik are very clear and evident here, proving to the audience how much of an expert Kwan Chin is with his detailing when it comes to batik. The lovely display of colours sets a cheerful, sunny mood for the viewer, at the same time showcasing the complexity of batikmaking.

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.