B. Kuala Lumpur, 1946
Rubber Tappers III & IV – Blue Series, 2011
In calmer, soothing tones of blue, Kwan Chin captures the tranquil life of the countryside and of a loving family carrying on with their daily chores. It is notable that Kwan Chin has a penchant for the ordinary kampung life, showcasing the rural life in lively colours and convoluted details – both of his art and batik.
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.