B. Kuala Lumpur, 1946
Rubber Tappers – Brown Series, 2012
Signed “Kwan Chin” on lower left
44 x 38 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
RM 1,900 – RM 3,800
In calmer, soothing tones of muted genus of browns, Kwan Chin captures the tranquil life of the countryside and of the village folk carrying on with their routines. 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.