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Painter, Sculptor, Wood cutter, b. 1912 - d. 2008

Thean Teng Chuah's prints are batik in style, which is a method of dyeing cloth to produce brightly colored images and patterns. Teng, the name by which he signs his work, brought this old craft back into fashion in the 20th century by creating impressive pieces depicting Malaysian life.

Thean Teng Chuah's artwork showed great promise after he left China for Malaysia, where he had more freedom to develop his talent. Thean Teng Chuah's prints are characterized by their vibrant lines of color and simple portraits of everyday, rural life. Thean Teng Chuah's paintings were first exhibited on the international market in 1959, at the Commonwealth Institute of Art in London. The exhibition was a great success, and most of his artwork sold on the first day. To add similarly impressive pieces to your collection, browse through unique portrait prints online at Invaluable.

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          • Chuah Thean Teng 1914-2008 Cat & Fish Batik SIGNED
            Feb. 28, 2024

            Chuah Thean Teng 1914-2008 Cat & Fish Batik SIGNED

            Est: $1,000 - $3,000

            Chuah Thean Teng (Malaysian, 1914-2008). An original batik on cloth. Work depicts a cat and fish. Artist signed to lower left. Presented under glass in a black metal frame. Sight size measures approximately 16.5" x 11.25". Dimensions: 18 X 12.75 X 1 in. Condition: Good overall condition having mild age related surface wear. Frame has mild to moderate wear to edges and corners. Estate fresh to the market. Shipping: Hill Auction Gallery offers in-house ground contiguous USA domestic shipping, excluding New Mexico, for $95 plus insurance. Gallery will refer third party shippers for international buyers. Purchaser pick up available upon request.

            Hill Auction Gallery
          • CHUAH THEAN TENG, DATO : Mother and Children, 1970’s
            Feb. 04, 2024

            CHUAH THEAN TENG, DATO : Mother and Children, 1970’s

            Est: RM15,000 - RM22,000

            Dato’ Chuah Thean Teng is a renowned Malaysian artist, known for his striking batik paintings. His “Mother and Child” series is one of his most iconic works, which is characterised by its tender and emotional depiction of the bond between a mother and her child. The series features a variety of compositions, but all of them depict the intimate relationship between a mother and her child in a serene and peaceful setting. The mother is often shown holding her child close, with a look of love and tenderness on her face. The children, on the other hand, are shown with a look of contentment and trust in their mother. In this painting, the mother, who is a durian seller, appears to have her son strapped to her back, while she tends to customers.

            KLAS Art Auction
          • Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. 1912 - 2008) Mother And Child
            Jan. 14, 2024

            Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. 1912 - 2008) Mother And Child

            Est: RM25,000 - RM45,000

            Teng was known for his batik compositions influenced by the indigenous traditions found in the region. He had also explored new ways of representing the figure through the freeing of proportions, accompanied with intricate outlines around the shapes. A pair of mother and child figures are portrayed in harmony, forming a symmetrical arrangement. They are surrounded by an abundance of local fruits, resting along a structure made of bamboo. Using rich, jewel like colours of green, blue, and purple across the surface, this batik painting offers a glimpse into the simple ways of life. As acknowledged by Professor Michael Sullivan, Dato' Chuah Thean Teng was hailed as the ‘Father of Batik Painting' (Chinese Art in the 20th Century, 1959), the only Malaysian to have started a world art genre, Batik Painting. He was among the world's art elite in the Commonwealth Artists of Fame exhibition, to mark Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee in 1977. The National Art Gallery Malaysia accorded him an early Retrospective in 1965 and a Tribute in 2008, while Penang's Retrospective came in 1994. Penang also awarded him with the Dato' title in 1998 and the Living Heritage status in 2005. He established Yahong Art Gallery, first at Leith Street (1953) and then Batu Ferringhi, which functions as his veritable museum which includes batik works of his three sons and two grandchildren. He also held solos in the United States and London (Commonwealth Institute). His batik mural commissions included the Malayan Embassy in Canberra, Australia (1959), Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur (1960), Malayan Tobacco Company, Kuala Lumpur (1960), and Bank Negara's branch in Penang (1974).

            Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers
          • Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. 1912 - 2008) Mother And Child
            Jan. 14, 2024

            Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. 1912 - 2008) Mother And Child

            Est: RM22,000 - RM38,000

            Children who are loved and cared for by their mother are like a treasure that shines and flourish. In this batik work, tender affection is well expressed through the gesture of the mother, who is spending time with her children, a boy and a girl, who are sitting close within reach. Rooted in the indigenous culture of the region, the composition shows elements such as the intricate patterns on the sarong fabric, bamboo stilts, weaved baskets, umbrella, and an abundance of local fruits. As acknowledged by Professor Michael Sullivan, Dato' Chuah Thean Teng was hailed as the ‘Father of Batik Painting' (Chinese Art in the 20th Century, 1959), the only Malaysian to have started a world art genre, Batik Painting. He was among the world's art elite in the Commonwealth Artists of Fame exhibition, to mark Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee in 1977. The National Art Gallery Malaysia accorded him an early Retrospective in 1965 and a Tribute in 2008, while Penang's Retrospective came in 1994. Penang also awarded him with the Dato' title in 1998 and the Living Heritage status in 2005. He established Yahong Art Gallery, first at Leith Street (1953) and then Batu Ferringhi, which functions as his veritable museum which includes batik works of his three sons and two grandchildren. He also held solos in the United States and London (Commonwealth Institute). His batik mural commissions included the Malayan Embassy in Canberra, Australia (1959), Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur (1960), Malayan Tobacco Company, Kuala Lumpur (1960), and Bank Negara's branch in Penang (1974).

            Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers
          • Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. 1912 - 2008) Mother And Child
            Jan. 14, 2024

            Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. 1912 - 2008) Mother And Child

            Est: RM35,000 - RM60,000

            Time was when bonding between a mother and child, specifically a daughter, was a simple help with flowers on the back of the hair, bunched into a sanggul bun, not even with a keronsang (brooch), as in a little later years with better family income in the village. Whiffs of nostalgia of a bygone era. No jet-setting holidays or dining at fancy restaurants, as in today's lifestyle. Such is the impeccable charm of batik doyen Dato' Chuah Thean Teng's Mother-and-Child (Children) theme that it never fails to tug at the heart-strings, evoking more earthy and natural emotional memories. The child would learn to make do with little pleasures, and more meaningful too, and not grow up to be vain and avaricious. The soothing green tones of the clothes worn, both by the mother and the child, add to the warmth of the relationship, what with the delicate patterns in the sarong exuding some cultural faience. Notice how the chequered floorboard matches with the sarong of the little girl, who helps with the coiffuring of the seated Mama, her face partly hidden by her akimbo left hand. Dato' Chuah Thean Teng was hailed the ‘Father of Batik Painting' (Chinese Art in the 20th Century, 1959) by Professor Michael Sullivan, thus starting a world art genre, Batik Painting. In 1977, he was selected among the world's art elite in the Commonwealth Artists of Fame exhibition celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee. The Penang State Government honoured him with a Dato' title in 1998 and accorded him Living Heritage status in 2005. He was given a Retrospective by the Penang State Art Gallery in 1994, and by the National Art Gallery in 1965 besides a momentous Tribute exhibition in 2008. His works are shown in his Yahong Art Museum in Batu Ferringhi, which include the iconic Two Of A Kind (1968) and Tell You A Secret (1987) and a self-portrait sculpture bust.

            Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers
          • Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. 1912 - 2008) Shepherd
            Jan. 14, 2024

            Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. 1912 - 2008) Shepherd

            Est: RM12,000 - RM22,000

            The theme of the herd boy and the water buffalo is popular in Chinese folklore and art since the Song-Yuan period of China. During Malayan Independence days before the onset of automaton, the buffaloes diligently worked with Man to plough the padi-fields, and the trinity of Man-Animal-Land is like a pastoral song. The theme also abounds in the batik-art of Dato' Chuah Thean Teng, who was one most attuned to the rural community and Nature and had lived during the time of the bullock carts. Here, Teng experiments with the graceful forms of three water buffaloes, suggesting volume through fluid and salient lines using a harmonious palette of yellow and lavender hues. As acknowledged by Professor Michael Sullivan, Dato' Chuah Thean Teng was hailed as the ‘Father of Batik Painting' (Chinese Art in the 20th Century, 1959), the only Malaysian to have started a world art genre, Batik Painting. He was among the world's art elite in the Commonwealth Artists of Fame exhibition, to mark Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee in 1977. The National Art Gallery Malaysia accorded him an early Retrospective in 1965 and a Tribute in 2008, while Penang's Retrospective came in 1994. Penang also awarded him with the Dato' title in 1998 and the Living Heritage status in 2005. He established Yahong Art Gallery, first at Leith Street (1953) and then Batu Ferringhi, which functions as his veritable museum which includes batik works of his three sons and two grandchildren. He also held solos in the United States and London (Commonwealth Institute). His batik mural commissions included the Malayan Embassy in Canberra, Australia (1959), Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur (1960), Malayan Tobacco Company, Kuala Lumpur (1960), and Bank Negara's branch in Penang (1974).

            Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers
          • CHUAH THEAN TENG, DATO : Mother and Children, 1970’s
            Nov. 26, 2023

            CHUAH THEAN TENG, DATO : Mother and Children, 1970’s

            Est: RM15,000 - RM25,000

            Dato’ Chuah Thean Teng is a renowned Malaysian artist, known for his striking batik paintings. His “Mother and Child” series is one of his most iconic works, which is characterised by its tender and emotional depiction of the bond between a mother and her child. The series features a variety of compositions, but all of them depict the intimate relationship between a mother and her child in a serene and peaceful setting. The mother is often shown holding her child close, with a look of love and tenderness on her face. The children, on the other hand, are shown with a look of contentment and trust in their mother. In this painting, the mother, who is a durian seller, appears to have her son strapped to her back, while she tends to customers.

            KLAS Art Auction
          • CHUAH THEAN TENG, DATO : Mothers and Child, 1970’s
            Nov. 26, 2023

            CHUAH THEAN TENG, DATO : Mothers and Child, 1970’s

            Est: RM38,000 - RM75,000

            Dato’ Chuah Thean Teng is a renowned Malaysian artist, known for his striking batik paintings. His “Mother and Child” series is one of his most iconic works, which is characterised by its tender and emotional depiction of the bond between a mother and her child. The series features a variety of compositions, but all of them depict the intimate relationship between a mother and her child in a serene and peaceful setting. The mother is often shown holding her child close, with a look of love and tenderness on her face. The children, on the other hand, are shown with a look of contentment and trust in their mother. In this painting, the mother, who is a durian seller, appears to have her son strapped to her back, while she tends to customers.

            KLAS Art Auction
          • CHUAH THEAN TENG, DATO : Eating Durian, 1980’s
            Nov. 26, 2023

            CHUAH THEAN TENG, DATO : Eating Durian, 1980’s

            Est: RM35,000 - RM75,000

            Chuah Thean Teng is credited with the first transference of the textile from its status as a craft and function as a garment, to a new identity as an art form to be framed and displayed from the 1950s onwards. Chuah’s distinctive rendering in the medium persists to today as iconic encapsulations of the Malayan landscape and its people. The fluidity of his figures and vibrancy of his dyes combined with the geometric modernity of his compositions imbue his works with an unmistakable vitality and balance. In Eating Durian, Chuah depicts a two ladies in varying poses of communal and domestic activity as they enjoy the tropical delicacy with a kid overlooking them.

            KLAS Art Auction
          • Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. 1912 - 2008) Composition, 1980s
            Oct. 01, 2023

            Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. 1912 - 2008) Composition, 1980s

            Est: RM12,000 - RM20,000

            Dato' Chuah Thean Teng's distinct compositions are notable for bridging the style of cubism and the use of batik painting, with emphasis on the drawing of lines. This work reflects the combination of geometrically abstracted forms interlocked with flattened planes and delicate batik crackle effects. The entire structure is integrated through a harmonious balance of dynamic shapes and elegant colour palette. As acknowledged by Professor Michael Sullivan, Dato' Chuah Thean Teng was hailed as the ‘Father of Batik Painting' (Chinese Art in the 20th Century, 1959), the only Malaysian to have started a world art genre, Batik Painting. He was among the world's art elite in the Commonwealth Artists of Fame exhibition, to mark Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee in 1977. The National Art Gallery Malaysia accorded him an early Retrospective in 1965 and a Tribute in 2008, while Penang's Retrospective came in 1994. Penang also awarded him with the Dato' title in 1998 and the Living Heritage status in 2005. He established Yahong Art Gallery, first at Leith Street (1953) and then Batu Ferringhi (1994), which functions as his veritable museum which includes batik works of his three sons and two grandchildren. He also held solos in the United States and London (Commonwealth Institute). His batik mural commissions included the Malayan Embassy in Canberra, Australia (1959), Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur (1960), Malayan Tobacco Company, Kuala Lumpur (1960), and Bank Negara's branch in Penang (1974).

            Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers
          • Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. 1912 - 2008) Mother And Child, 1980s
            Oct. 01, 2023

            Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. 1912 - 2008) Mother And Child, 1980s

            Est: RM50,000 - RM80,000

            Dato' Chuah Thean Teng is an alchemist of the domestic scene in the bullock-cart days before the advent of automaton. Here, the concentration is on an upright rectangle circumscribing the face of a chubby girl, the profile of a woman with her head slightly bent as she pours some rice into a ketupat coconut-leaf casing. It's a kitchen ritual every little girl is expected to pick up, though she looks bored and would rather go outdoors and play with her friends. The woman, obviously the mother, is clad in simple baju Melayu top with a shawl, and her pink lips and flower on the hair providing a spot of colour. She has a gelang (bracelet) on her right wrist. The spiral plant-like pattern on her sarung contrasts sharply with the unusual chequered flooring. Ketupat is a favourite during Ramadan, especially to go with the skewered grilled-meat of satay with its sweet peanut gravy. Dato' Chuah Thean Teng, the world-acknowledged Father of Batik Painting, is among the first artists to practise cross-cultural art themes. He was given a Retrospective in 1965, by the National Art Gallery, which followed up with a Tribute exhibition in 2008. Penang awarded him with the Dato' title in 1998 and the Living Heritage status in 2005. In 1977, he was selected among the world's art elite to take part in the Commonwealth Artists of Fame exhibition, to mark Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee. Teng, as the artist is popularly known, established Yahong Art Gallery, first at Leith Street (1953) and then Batu Ferringhi (1994), which functions as his veritable museum. He had held solo exhibitions in the United States and London (Commonwealth Institute).

            Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers
          • Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. 1912 - 2008) Mother And Child, 1980s
            Oct. 01, 2023

            Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. 1912 - 2008) Mother And Child, 1980s

            Est: RM20,000 - RM38,000

            Deeply mesmerised by the intricate patterns of batik fabrics, Dato' Chuah Thean Teng began experimenting with the medium, combining eastern and western techniques. His endearing compositions reflect the people and culture of the Malaysian community. In this charming composition, the figures of the mother and child are surrounded with an abundance of local fruits (durian, mangosteens and rambutans). Linear lines of the bamboo structure frame the entire composition, complemented with intricate visual elements such as the sarong pattern, weaves on the traditional basketry, and curved shapes of traditional bamboo flooring. As acknowledged by Professor Michael Sullivan, Dato' Chuah Thean Teng was hailed as the ‘Father of Batik Painting' (Chinese Art in the 20th Century, 1959), the only Malaysian to have started a world art genre, Batik Painting. He was among the world's art elite in the Commonwealth Artists of Fame exhibition, to mark Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee in 1977. The National Art Gallery Malaysia accorded him an early Retrospective in 1965 and a Tribute in 2008, while Penang's Retrospective came in 1994. Penang also awarded him with the Dato' title in 1998 and the Living Heritage status in 2005. He established Yahong Art Gallery, first at Leith Street (1953) and then Batu Ferringhi (1994), which functions as his veritable museum which includes batik works of his three sons and two grandchildren. He also held solos in the United States and London (Commonwealth Institute). His batik mural commissions included the Malayan Embassy in Canberra, Australia (1959), Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur (1960), Malayan Tobacco Company, Kuala Lumpur (1960), and Bank Negara's branch in Penang (1974).

            Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers
          • Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. 1912 - 2008) Satay Seller, 1970s
            Oct. 01, 2023

            Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. 1912 - 2008) Satay Seller, 1970s

            Est: RM12,000 - RM22,000

            Dato' Chuah Thean Teng sought to capture the lives of the people, focusing on the occupations and trade in the local community. Using the medium of batik, this work depicts a satay stall owner and surrounding figures in an open space, concentrating on refined lines. An earthy colour is used in the background executed with crackle effects. He emphasises the intricate workmanship of the weaved basketry and umbrella. The handheld fan used to grill the satay delicacies is made of bamboo. As acknowledged by Professor Michael Sullivan, Dato' Chuah Thean Teng was hailed as the ‘Father of Batik Painting' (Chinese Art in the 20th Century, 1959), the only Malaysian to have started a world art genre, Batik Painting. He was among the world's art elite in the Commonwealth Artists of Fame exhibition, to mark Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee in 1977. The National Art Gallery Malaysia accorded him an early Retrospective in 1965 and a Tribute in 2008, while Penang's Retrospective came in 1994. Penang also awarded him with the Dato' title in 1998 and the Living Heritage status in 2005. He established Yahong Art Gallery, first at Leith Street (1953) and then Batu Ferringhi (1994), which functions as his veritable museum which includes batik works of his three sons and two grandchildren. He also held solos in the United States and London (Commonwealth Institute). His batik mural commissions included the Malayan Embassy in Canberra, Australia (1959), Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur (1960), Malayan Tobacco Company, Kuala Lumpur (1960), and Bank Negara's branch in Penang (1974).

            Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers
          • CHUAH THEAN TENG, DATO : Fishermen
            Sep. 24, 2023

            CHUAH THEAN TENG, DATO : Fishermen

            Est: RM8,500 - RM12,000

            Known as the Father of Batik Painting in Malaysia, Dato Chuah Thean Teng earned his stripes from his use of batik as a medium of fine art since 1953. Although batik painting has been around for hundreds of years, it is remarkable that no one before Teng had ever thought of adapting this age-old craft as a medium of fine art. His artistic proclivities include landscapes, people and even animals, often a cultural education of the way of life in a particular community, their relationships and beliefs. For this piece, the fishing community inspires Teng. The subjects are ever so focused on their jobs, retrieving their catch from the sea at sunrise, conveying diligence and the repetitive daily lives of fishermen.

            KLAS Art Auction
          • CHUAH THEAN TENG, DATO : Mothers and Child, 1970’s
            Sep. 24, 2023

            CHUAH THEAN TENG, DATO : Mothers and Child, 1970’s

            Est: RM45,000 - RM70,000

            Themes on physical labour and mother and child are often seen in Teng’s vast output. Here, the artist’s hallmark imagery of the Mother and Child departs from his usual depiction of women and children set within the rural Malaysian village scenes, the figures (two mothers and one child) in this scene are at the foreground of the artwork, with a plain crackling background. Teng’s mother and child series illustrates his profound respect for the nurturing and even life-giving roles that women play. The artist’s early training in Chinese painting served him well technically and also influenced his compositions, and the colours he used. As Chinese philosophy emphasises balance, many of his works also are balanced in nature, or are circular compositions, promoting balance and equilibrium.

            KLAS Art Auction
          • Chuah Thean Teng; At the Fruit Stall
            Sep. 23, 2023

            Chuah Thean Teng; At the Fruit Stall

            Est: S$5,500 - S$8,500

            Lot 919: Chuah Thean Teng (1912 - 2008, Malaysian), At the Fruit Stall, executed in 1975, batik on cloth, 62.5 x 48 cm, signed on lower right, Pick up point: Singapore, Tags: Malaysia, Malaysian, modern, painting, batik, figurative, figures IMPORTANT INFO Bidders need to know We encourage all buyers to check for condition reports and or other photos before bidding. The absence of a condition report does not imply that the lot is free from damage and wear. Please go through photos for more details on conditions and age; color will be different depends on your screen. All the items are sold as is and all sales are final. We encourage all bidders to review our terms and conditions before bidding. Please contact us through email [email protected] if you need any further information.

            Larasati Auctioneers
          • Attrib. TENG Chuah Thean (Malaysian 1914-2008), Village Women with Basket of Durian, Batik Mounted to Board, 82.5x55cm
            Jul. 09, 2023

            Attrib. TENG Chuah Thean (Malaysian 1914-2008), Village Women with Basket of Durian, Batik Mounted to Board, 82.5x55cm

            Est: $1,500 - $3,000

            Attrib. TENG, Chuah Thean (Malaysian 1914-2008) Village Women with Basket of Durian Signature possibly lost during framing. Batik Mounted to Board 82.5x55cm PROVENANCE: Private collection, Queensland.

            Davidson Auctions
          • Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. 1912 - 2008) Mother And Child
            Jun. 25, 2023

            Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. 1912 - 2008) Mother And Child

            Est: RM12,000 - RM20,000

            This lot presents a sculptural image of a nurturing mother holding her child in her arms. Meticulously crafted in a realist manner, the artist captures the close relationship between the figures, evoking a sense of intimacy, love and affection. The intricate details of the face, rhythmic contours of the figures and superb handling of material makes this a fine piece. As acknowledged by Professor Michael Sullivan, Dato' Chuah Thean Teng was hailed as the Father of Batik Painting (Chinese Art in the 20th Century, 1959), the only Malaysian to have started a world art genre, Batik Painting. He was among the world's art elite in the Commonwealth Artists of Fame exhibition, to mark Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee in 1977. The National Art Gallery Malaysia accorded him an early Retrospective in 1965 and a Tribute in 2008, while Penang's Retrospective came in 1994. Penang also awarded him with the Dato' title in 1998 and the Living Heritage status in 2005. He established Yahong Art Gallery, first at Leith Street (1953) and then Batu Ferringhi (1994), which functions as his veritable museum which includes batik works of his three sons and two grandchildren. He also held solos in the United States and London (Commonwealth Institute). His batik mural commissions included the Malayan Embassy in Canberra, Australia (1959), Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur (1960), Malayan Tobacco Company, Kuala Lumpur (1960), and Bank Negara's branch in Penang (1974).

            Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers
          • Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. 1912 - 2008) Mother And Child, 1960s
            Jun. 25, 2023

            Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. 1912 - 2008) Mother And Child, 1960s

            Est: RM30,000 - RM55,000

            Time was when raising children was a full-time job for stay-at-home women apart from doing household chores and tending to the spice and fruit garden for more self- sufficiency. The interior was spartan, no electrical modern conveniences like fans with the kampung-house veranda affording steady infusion of the breeze. Here, the toddler in the buff is clinging on to the mother, back turned to him, for attention, as she combs her hair looking into a mirror. The woman on the right clad in a loose sarong needs to keep up the allure with the hope of finding a jodoh (suitor) soon. A screwpine tudung saji (food cover) is hung on the wall: it is not mealtime yet. According to Seow Keng, son of Dato' Chuah Thean Teng, the world progenitor of batik-painting, his work had been turned into postcards during the time when their Yahong Art Gallery premises was at Leith Street in the Penang city centre. Chuah Thean Teng, later a Dato', was dubbed the 'Father of Batik Painting' by Professor Michael Sullivan (in the book, Chinese Art in the 20 th Century, 1959), but he still kept innovating over the years to expand the parameters of batik painting which he developed in 1953, harnessing a 2,000-year-old tradition into a modern art form. He held his first solo exhibition of batik painting (Penang Library) in 1955. Teng, as he is better known, was the only Malaysian among great world artists featured in the Commonwealth Artists of Fame exhibition in London, to mark the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth's coronation in 1977. He was arguably the first Malaysian to have an exhibition abroad, at the Commonwealth Institute, London, in 1959, The National Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur honoured him with a Retrospective in 1965 and a Tribute exhibition in 2008, while Penang accorded him a Retrospective in 1994 and the Dato'ship title in 1998. He was a recipient of the Penang's 'Live Heritage Award' in 2005.

            Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers
          • Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. 1912 - 2008) Musicians, 1950s
            Jun. 25, 2023

            Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. 1912 - 2008) Musicians, 1950s

            Est: RM10,000 - RM18,000

            Renowned for his poetic batik compositions and unique colour palette, this piece by Dato' Chuah Thean Teng records the folk music and traditions of village life, with a strong local influence. This work focuses on a trio of musicians dominating the entire scene, involving instruments such as the kendang drum, gong, and violin. Teng enhanced the curved lines of the figures, echoing the rhythm of the drum percussion, in opulent red and ochre hues. The scene is enlivened by dancing men and women in the background, immersed in the melodic serenade, portraying the merriness of dance. As acknowledged by Professor Michael Sullivan, Dato' Chuah Thean Teng was hailed as the 'Father of Batik Painting' (Chinese Art in the 20 th Century, 1959), the only Malaysian to have started a world art genre, Batik Painting. He was among the world's art elite in the Commonwealth Artists of Fame exhibition, to mark Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee in 1977. The National Art Gallery Malaysia accorded him an early Retrospective in 1965 and a Tribute in 2008, while Penang's Retrospective came in 1994. Penang also awarded him with the Dato' title in 1998 and the Living Heritage status in 2005. He established Yahong Art Gallery, first at Leith Street (1953) and then Batu Ferringhi (1994), which functions as his veritable museum which includes batik works of his three sons and two grandchildren. He also held solos in the United States and London (Commonwealth Institute). His batik mural commissions included the Malayan Embassy in Canberra, Australia (1959), Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur (1960), Malayan Tobacco Company, Kuala Lumpur (1960), and Bank Negara's branch in Penang (1974).

            Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers
          • Chuah Thean Teng ''Nudes'' (Abstraction) Batik
            Jun. 22, 2023

            Chuah Thean Teng ''Nudes'' (Abstraction) Batik

            Est: $2,000 - $4,000

            Chuah Thean Teng (1912-2008 Malaysian) ''Nudes'' (Abstraction) Batik on Cloth 24''x18'' Image. Signed l.r. Original framing 29''x23''. Excellent condition. Not examined outside of framing.

            MBA Seattle Auction LLC
          • Chuah Thean Teng (Chinese/Malaysian,
            Apr. 21, 2023

            Chuah Thean Teng (Chinese/Malaysian,

            Est: $2,500 - $3,500

            Chuah Thean Teng (Chinese/Malaysian, 1912-2008), "At the Fruit Stall", 1975, batik on cloth, signed lower right, label with signature, artist stamp, title and date and "Yahong Gallery, Penang, Malaysia" label attached en verso, 24 in. x 18 1/2 in., framed, overall 28 in. x 22 1/2 in. x 2 1/2 in.; accompanied by booklet Batik Painting by Teng. (2 pcs.)

            Neal Auction Company
          • Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. 1912 - 2008) Housewife, 1950s
            Mar. 19, 2023

            Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. 1912 - 2008) Housewife, 1950s

            Est: RM22,000 - RM44,000

            Housewife portrays the daily scenes of old Malaya with distinct batik textures. The composition depicts a lady engaged in her daily chores surrounded with three roosters. This work conveys elegance and shows Dato' Chuah Thean Teng's arrangement of spatial qualities, interweaved with delightful textures and rich shades. His figures are often abbreviated and elongated, a distinct trademark. Delicate touches of bright colour applied through a mosaic pattern enlivens the surface. In 1959, Teng became the first Malaysian artist to have an art exhibition overseas at the Commonwealth Institute in London. As acknowledged by Professor Michael Sullivan, Dato' Chuah Thean Teng was hailed as the 'Father of Batik Painting' (Chinese Art in the 20th Century, 1959), the only Malaysian to have started a world art genre, Batik Painting. He was among the world's art elite in the Commonwealth Artists of Fame exhibition, to mark Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee in 1977. The National Art Gallery Malaysia accorded him an early Retrospective in 1965 and a Tribute in 2008, while Penang's Retrospective came in 1994. Penang also awarded him with the Dato' title in 1998 and the Living Heritage status in 2005. He established Yahong Art Gallery, first at Leith Street (1953) and then Batu Ferringhi (1994), which functions as his veritable museum which includes batik works of his three sons and two grandchildren. He also held solos in the United States and London (Commonwealth Institute). His batik mural commissions included the Malayan Embassy in Canberra, Australia (1959), Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur (1960), Malayan Tobacco Company, Kuala Lumpur (1960), and Bank Negara's branch in Penang (1974).

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          • Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. 1912 - 2008) Mother And Child, 1980s
            Mar. 19, 2023

            Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. 1912 - 2008) Mother And Child, 1980s

            Est: RM12,000 - RM22,000

            A mother's love has been immortalised in paintings, sculptures, poetry, films, theatre and songs (John Lennon's Mother, for one). The great Persian mystic-poet Rumi intoned: "We are born of love; Love is our mother." For Dato' Chuah Thean Teng, the Mother-and-Child theme is a recurring one for the epitome of human values and a mother's sacrifices. In numerous such works, Teng, as he is popularly known, brought out the mother's endearing charm, her unconditional love and care, and her close interaction with the young child. As acknowledged by Professor Michael Sullivan, Dato' Chuah Thean Teng was hailed as the 'Father of Batik Painting' (Chinese Art in the 20th Century, 1959), the only Malaysian to have started a world art genre, Batik Painting. He was among the world's art elite in the Commonwealth Artists of Fame exhibition, to mark Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee in 1977. The National Art Gallery Malaysia accorded him an early Retrospective in 1965 and a Tribute in 2008, while Penang's Retrospective came in 1994. Penang also awarded him with the Dato' title in 1998 and the Living Heritage status in 2005. He established Yahong Art Gallery, first at Leith Street (1953) and then Batu Ferringhi (1994), which functions as his veritable museum which includes batik works of his three sons and two grandchildren. He also held solos in the United States and London (Commonwealth Institute). His batik mural commissions included the Malayan Embassy in Canberra, Australia (1959), Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur (1960), Malayan Tobacco Company, Kuala Lumpur (1960), and Bank Negara's branch in Penang (1974).

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          • CHUAH THEAN TENG, DATO : Bullock Cart Carriage, 1970’s
            Mar. 05, 2023

            CHUAH THEAN TENG, DATO : Bullock Cart Carriage, 1970’s

            Est: RM14,000 - RM22,000

            Dato’ Chuah Thean Teng was born in China in 1914, where he studied at the Amoy Art School. Teng first started in this medium in 1953 and therefore he can be considered the father of Batik Painting in Malaysia. He says, “Art is the vision of the artist, his creation, imagination and expression reflecting the artist’s many degrees of feeling. It is an interplay of both emotional and visual expression where the illusions created convey the statements across. And through the different modes of expressions, we are compelled to seek some standard of value to enable us to distinguish between them. This distinction is called the transformation of things.” According to Frank Sullivan, “His (referring to Dato’ Chuah Thean Teng) productivity in batik painting is enormous... never satisfied, he is always experimenting, seeking to give new depth and range to his batik art.” This particular work departs from the artist’s usual hallmark and presents an almost ambiguous iteration of the Bullock Cart Carriage.

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          • TENG Chuah Thean (Malaysian 1914-2008), Mother with Children, Batik, 58x44cm
            Dec. 07, 2022

            TENG Chuah Thean (Malaysian 1914-2008), Mother with Children, Batik, 58x44cm

            Est: $5,000 - $8,000

            TENG, Chuah Thean (Malaysian 1914-2008) Mother with Children Batik 58x44cm

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          • TENG Chuah Thean (Malaysian 1914-2008), Mother & Children, with Durian, 1972., Batik (paper lined), 60x45.5cm
            Dec. 07, 2022

            TENG Chuah Thean (Malaysian 1914-2008), Mother & Children, with Durian, 1972., Batik (paper lined), 60x45.5cm

            Est: $5,000 - $8,000

            TENG, Chuah Thean (Malaysian 1914-2008) Mother & Children, with Durian, 1972. Signed 'Teng' lower right. Batik (paper lined) 60x45.5cm PROVENANCE: Commissioned by the current owners in 1972 when resident of Penang.

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          • Chuah Thean Teng (Chinese/Malaysian, 1912-2008)
            Nov. 19, 2022

            Chuah Thean Teng (Chinese/Malaysian, 1912-2008)

            Est: $5,000 - $8,000

            Chuah Thean Teng (Chinese/Malaysian, 1912-2008) , "Mother and Child", batik on cloth, signed lower right, sight 23 1/4 in. x 17 1/2 in., framed.

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          • Chuah Thean Teng (Chinese/Malaysian, 1912-2008)
            Nov. 19, 2022

            Chuah Thean Teng (Chinese/Malaysian, 1912-2008)

            Est: $5,000 - $8,000

            Chuah Thean Teng (Chinese/Malaysian, 1912-2008) , "At the Fruit Stall", 1975, batik on cloth, signed lower right, label with signature, artist stamp, title and date and "Yahong Gallery, Penang, Malaysia" label attached en verso, 24 in. x 18 1/2 in., framed; accompanied by booklet Batik Painting by Teng. (2 pcs.)

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          • Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. China, 1912 - 2008) Untitled
            Nov. 06, 2022

            Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. China, 1912 - 2008) Untitled

            Est: RM18,000 - RM35,000

            Dato' Chuah Thean Teng's artworks combine a variety of influences ranging from cubist expressions to traditional Chinese painting aesthetics, fused together with the medium of batik. This work stands out as an intricate cubist inspired work through the bold experimentation between figuration and abstraction. A sense of volume and solidity is portrayed through the fine balance of organic and geometric forms, unified through a palette of luminous tropical hues. Dato' Chuah Thean Teng is a legend for his teeming imagination in his repertoire of batik art he invented in 1953, and invested it with different styles and techniques over the years. He was hailed by Professor Michael Sullivan as the 'Father of Batik Painting' (Chinese Art In The 20th Century, 1959). He was honoured with a Retrospective by the National Art Gallery Kuala Lumpur, in 1965, and another by the Penang State Art Gallery in 1994. The NAG organised his Memorial exhibition in 2008. The Penang State Government bestowed him the Dato' title in 1998, and the Living Heritage Award in 2005. On the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of the coronation of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in 1977, he was invited for the Commonwealth Artists of Fame exhibition in London, after an exhibition at the Commonwealth Institute in London in 1959. His first overseas solo was in the United States in 1964. Born in China, where he had a short incomplete art tutelage at the Xiamen (Amoy) Art Institute, he settled in Penang in 1926, after a brief visit when aged 7. During the Japanese Occupation, he made political woodcuts under the pseudonym Choo Ting, but all had been destroyed. He set up the Yahong Art Gallery in 1953 and moved it to its present lot in Batu Ferringhi in 1974.

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          • Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. China, 1912 - 2008) Malay Lady
            Nov. 06, 2022

            Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. China, 1912 - 2008) Malay Lady

            Est: RM18,000 - RM35,000

            This work by batik-art pioneer Dato' Chuah Thean Teng has a dull veneer probably depicting pre-dawn or around dusk, and which serves to enhance the silhouette of the figure of a tudung-clad woman in the centre carrying a work tool in what looks like a container. She is wedged against a round trellis circumscribed by leaf-like patterns. The exaggerated long body serves to show the tough labour that this woman experienced as a routine, but the figure is nicely placed within the penumbra of the circle, which sort of balances things up. The greenish tint with shades of pale yellow hints that her work is agrarian. Chuah Thean Teng, later Dato', is acknowledged as the originator of Batik Painting (Chinese Art In The 20th Century, 1959, by Professor Michael Sullivan), after he unveiled the art-form in 1953. The National Art Gallery accorded him a Retrospective in 1965, and a Tribute exhibition in 2008. He was also given a retrospective by the Penang State Art Gallery in 1994. He was bestowed the Dato' title in 1998, and the Penang's Live Heritage Award in 2005. He was the sole Malaysian among the world's great artists invited for the Commonwealth Artists of Fame exhibition in London in 1977, to mark the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation.

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          • Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. China, 1912 - 2008) Somber Mood, 1990
            Nov. 06, 2022

            Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. China, 1912 - 2008) Somber Mood, 1990

            Est: RM10,000 - RM18,000

            A sense of anticipation, devotion and longing is revealed in this enigmatic composition. Somber Mood carries this profound theme with intimacy and emotion, depicting a finely dressed lady seated in front of the entrance of her home, waiting patiently for the reunion with her loved ones. Teng depicts the architectural features of a traditional village home made from bamboo using an earthy palette, using batik crackle effects to enhance the woody texture of the material. Dato' Chuah Thean Teng is a legend for his teeming imagination in his repertoire of batik art he invented in 1953, and invested it with different styles and techniques over the years. He was hailed by Professor Michael Sullivan as the 'Father of Batik Painting' (Chinese Art In The 20th Century, 1959). He was honoured with a Retrospective by the National Art Gallery Kuala Lumpur, in 1965, and another by the Penang State Art Gallery in 1994. The NAG organised his Memorial exhibition in 2008. The Penang State Government bestowed him the Dato' title in 1998, and the Living Heritage Award in 2005. On the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of the coronation of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in 1977, he was invited for the Commonwealth Artists of Fame exhibition in London, after an exhibition at the Commonwealth Institute in London in 1959. His first overseas solo was in the United States in 1964. Born in China, where he had a short incomplete art tutelage at the Xiamen (Amoy) Art Institute, he settled in Penang in 1926, after a brief visit when aged 7. During the Japanese Occupation, he made political woodcuts under the pseudonym Choo Ting, but all had been destroyed. He set up the Yahong Art Gallery in 1953 and moved it to its present lot in Batu Ferringhi in 1974.

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          • Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. China, 1912 - 2008) Mother And Child, 1970s
            Nov. 06, 2022

            Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. China, 1912 - 2008) Mother And Child, 1970s

            Est: RM40,000 - RM60,000

            The mother-and-child theme is an endearing fodder for artists dating back as early as Raphael's time in the 15th to 16th century. The hallowed list includes Gustav Klimt, Claude Monet, Mary Cassatt, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and our own batik-art pioneer Dato' Chuah Thean Teng, done often with impish humour. Teng, as the artist is more popularly known, uses an unusual long vertical format, revealing how big the child has grown, standing still on the hand palm of the mother, blessed with lots of love and affection from the mother. Teng is acknowledged as the originator of Batik Painting (Chinese Art In The 20th Century, 1959, by Professor Michael Sullivan), after he unveiled the art-form in 1953. The National Art Gallery accorded him a Retrospective in 1965, and a Tribute exhibition in 2008. He was also given a retrospective by the Penang State Art Gallery in 1994. He was bestowed the Dato' title in 1998, and the Penang's Live Heritage Award in 2005. He was the sole Malaysian among the world's great artists invited for the Commonwealth Artists of Fame exhibition in London in 1977, to mark the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation. He cut short his tutelage at the Xiamen (Amoy) Art Institute in China when his family moved to Penang in 1926. He set up the Yahong Art Gallery, first in Leith Street, before it moved to a bigger space in Batu Ferringhi.

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          • CHUAH THEAN TENG, DATO : Fruit Sellers, 1970's
            Aug. 28, 2022

            CHUAH THEAN TENG, DATO : Fruit Sellers, 1970's

            Est: RM18,000 - RM32,000

            Dato’ Chuah Thean Teng, known as the Father of Batik Art, was a master storyteller. His paintings offered not only a glimpse of the olden days, but also expressed the cultural identity of Malaysians. Complex batik making methods using wax and dyes allowed Teng to create hues that captured the serenity of village life in this radiant composition of the local landscape. This batik work is evident of Teng’s proclivity for illustrating scenes and antics such as durian harvesting and villagers carrying the bounty in a basket, on their head.

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          • TENG Chuah Thean (Malaysian 1914-2008), Mother and Child with Visitors, Batik, 97x57cm
            Aug. 21, 2022

            TENG Chuah Thean (Malaysian 1914-2008), Mother and Child with Visitors, Batik, 97x57cm

            Est: $6,000 - $8,000

            TENG, Chuah Thean (Malaysian 1914-2008) Mother and Child with Visitors Batik 97x57cm

            Davidson Auctions
          • TENG Chuah Thean (Malaysian 1914-2008), Young Lovers, Batik, 98x57.5cm
            Aug. 21, 2022

            TENG Chuah Thean (Malaysian 1914-2008), Young Lovers, Batik, 98x57.5cm

            Est: $6,000 - $8,000

            TENG, Chuah Thean (Malaysian 1914-2008) Young Lovers Batik 98x57.5cm

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          • CHUAH THEAN TENG, DATO' : Contentment (Mother and Child), 1983
            May. 29, 2022

            CHUAH THEAN TENG, DATO' : Contentment (Mother and Child), 1983

            Est: RM50,000 - RM110,000

            In terms of Dato’ Chuah Thean Teng’s Mother and Child theme, this is a work that is quintessential Teng (as he is affectionally known). All the hallmarks of gesture, form and colours are depicted: colour harmony with the subtle nuances of beige and brown, the close-cropped composition, the elegant configurations, supple forms of the mother to emphasise the love and affection. Teng is the world-acknowledged founder of Batik Painting and he never looked back after his break-through exhibition in 1955. His paintings, Two Of A Kind (1968) and Tell You A Secret (1987), took on iconic status when selected for Unicef greeting cards. He studied at the Xiamen (Amoy) Art Institute in China. He was honoured with a retrospective exhibition by the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur in 1965 and by the Penang State Art Gallery in 1994. The Penang State Government conferred him the title “Dato” in 1998 and he received the Live Heritage Award in 2005. The National Art Gallery gave him a memorial exhibition in 2009. His major works are on show at Yahong Art Gallery in Batu Ferrringhi in Penang, which is a veritable museum also showcasing the batik works of his sons and grandsons.

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          • Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. China, 1912 - 2008) Motherly Love, 1980s
            Mar. 27, 2022

            Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. China, 1912 - 2008) Motherly Love, 1980s

            Est: RM30,000 - RM50,000

            A mother's love has been immortalised in paintings, sculptures, poetry, films, theatre and songs (John Lennon’s Mother, for one). The great Persian mystic-poet Rumi intoned: “We are born of love; Love is our mother.” For Dato' Chuah Thean Teng, the Mother-and-Child theme is a recurring one for the epitome of human values and a mother’s sacrifices. In numerous such works in batik, Teng, as he is popularly known, brought out the mother’s endearing charm, her unconditional love and care, and her close interaction with her children especially when they were young, with equal attention to all no matter how many, like in this painting where the older siblings also clamour for her attention, but the baby brother, lacking mobility, has to be carried all around. The most iconic of Teng’s Mother-and-Child batik is Two Of A Kind (1968), which was one of two works chosen for UNICEF’s greeting cards. His other work, Tell You A Secret, was in 1987. As acknowledged by Professor Michael Sullivan, Dato' Chuah Thean Teng was hailed the ‘Father of Batik Painting’ (Chinese Art in the 20th Century, 1959), the only Malaysian to have started a world art genre, Batik Painting. He was among the world’s art elite in the Commonwealth Artists of Fame exhibition, to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee in 1977. The National Art Gallery accorded him an early Retrospective in 1965 and a Tribute in 2008, while Penang’s Retrospective came in 1994. Penang also awarded him with the Dato' title in 1998 and the Living Heritage status in 2005. He established Yahong Art Gallery, first at Leith Street (1953) and then Batu Ferringhi (1994), which functions as his veritable museum which includes batik works of his three sons and two grandchildren. He also held solos in the United States and London (Commonwealth Institute). His batik mural commissions included the Malayan Embassy in Canberra, Australia (1959), Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur (1960), Malayan Tobacco Company, Kuala Lumpur (1960), and Bank Negara’s branch in Penang (1974).

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          • CHUAH THEAN TENG, DATO : Penang Fishing Village, 1970’s
            Feb. 20, 2022

            CHUAH THEAN TENG, DATO : Penang Fishing Village, 1970’s

            Est: RM18,000 - RM38,000

            Dato’ Chuah Thean Teng was born in China in 1914, where he studied at the Amoy Art School. Teng first started in this medium in 1953 and therefore he can be considered the father of Batik Painting in Malaysia. He says, “Art is the vision of the artist, his creation, imagination and expression reflecting the artist’s many degrees of feeling. It is an interplay of both emotional and visual expression where the illusions created convey the statements across. And through the different modes of expressions, we are compelled to seek some standard of value to enable us to distinguish between them. This distinction is called the transformation of things.” In terms of Dato’ Chuah Thean Teng’s ‘Penang Fishing Village, 1970’ piece, this is a work that is quintessentially Teng (as he is affectionately known). All the hallmarks of gesture, form and colours are depicted — colour harmony of dark and light green, the close-cropped composition of fishing boats and the wooden houses on stilts alongside the elegant configurations. According to Frank Sullivan, “His (referring to Dato’ Chuah Thean Teng) productivity in batik painting is enormous...never satisfied, he is always experimenting, seeking to give new depth and range to his batik art.”

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          • Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. China, 1912 – d. 2008) Who’s Coming (Mother & Child), c. 1970s
            Dec. 05, 2021

            Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. China, 1912 – d. 2008) Who’s Coming (Mother & Child), c. 1970s

            Est: RM22,000 - RM40,000

            There is a dual play of theme and technique by batik-art founder Dato' Chuah Thean Teng, milking his favourite staple of the Mother-and-Child bond and using a picture-within-a-picture format, framed by the window. The mother’s hand resting on the window sill ‘breaches’ into the exterior, but that is a steadying influence. A bird is perched on an un-enclosed bird cage, with the figures framed again by the orb of the handle. The top orb is balanced by the drooping yellow cloth attached beneath, which also acts to collect the bird’s droppings. To add a little bit of humour, the cloth resembles a Smiley image. This work is replete with the ubiquitous ‘cracked lines’ common in the early works of Teng, as the artist is more popularly known. The legendary Dato' Chuah Thean Teng was hailed the ‘Father of Batik Painting’ by Professor Michael Sullivan (Chinese Art In The 20th Century) in 1959. The National Art Gallery accorded him a Retrospective in 1965 and a Tribute in 2008, while Penang honoured him with a retrospective in 1994 and conferred him the Dato' title in 1998 and the Living Heritage status in 2005. Teng was the only Malaysian invited for the Commonwealth Artists of Fame exhibition in London in 1977 to mark the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, his second in London after a 1959 exhibition at the Commonwealth Institute. The images of his works, Two Of A Kind and Tell You A Secret, were chosen for UNICEF’s greeting cards in 1968 and 1988 respectively. Teng set up the Yahong Gallery, first in Leith Street in Penang, in 1953, and shifted to its present site in Batu Ferringhi in 1974.

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          • Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. China, 1912 – d. 2008) Lullaby (Mother & Children), c. 1980s
            Dec. 05, 2021

            Chuah Thean Teng, Dato' (b. China, 1912 – d. 2008) Lullaby (Mother & Children), c. 1980s

            Est: RM50,000 - RM75,000

            Teng’s compositions sought to portray mothers as a powerful sustaining force. The mother in the centre of the picture represents the bountiful forces, nourishing and protecting her young children. Here, the mother and children form a deep and loving bond, enclosed together as one entity. In this intimate scene, Teng captures the tender moments of togetherness through appealing colours of lilac, mauves and blues. Dato’ Chuah Thean Teng is a legend for his teeming imagination in his repertoire of batik art he invented in 1953, and invested it with different styles and techniques over the years. He was hailed by Professor Michael Sullivan as the ‘Father of Batik Painting’ (Chinese Art In The 20th Century, 1959). He was honoured with a Retrospective by the National Art Gallery (NAG), Kuala Lumpur, in 1965, and another by the Penang State Art Gallery in 1994. The NAG organised his Memorial exhibition in 2008. The Penang State Government bestowed him the ‘Dato’ title in 1998, and the ‘Living Heritage Award’ in 2005. On the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of the coronation of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in 1977, he was invited for the Commonwealth Artists of Fame exhibition in London, after an exhibition at the Commonwealth Institute in London in 1959. His first overseas solo was in the United States in 1964. Born in China, where he had a short incomplete art tutelage at the Xiamen (Amoy) Art Institute, he settled in Penang in 1926, after a brief visit when aged 7. During the Japanese Occupation, he made political woodcuts under the pseudonym Choo Ting, but all had been destroyed. He set up the Yahong Art Gallery in 1953 and moved it to its present lot in Batu Ferringhi in 1974.

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          • CHUAH THEAN TENG, DATO’ : Mother and Children, 1970’s
            Nov. 28, 2021

            CHUAH THEAN TENG, DATO’ : Mother and Children, 1970’s

            Est: RM45,000 - RM90,000

            Teng came from an artistic family (his mother designed shoes) and studied art at the Amoy Art Institute in Fukien Province, China. At the age of 18, he emigrated to Malaysia with his tradesman father and settled in the Pearl of the Orient. From helping his mother design dainty shoes for Chinese women with bound feet to becoming a pioneer of Malaysian batik painting, Teng has left quite the legacy in batik painting. His interest in art and craft was certainly owed to his mother. Teng became interested in batik while teaching art in the 1930’s. While he had established himself as a painter, his enduring spirit propelled him to develop an artistic discipline that was distinctively Malaysian. Though trained in Chinese art, brush painting was too oriental, while the watercolour and oils were too Western for the artist. Therefore, with the large and unused stock of pigments, Teng started to experiment with this material and adapted this age-old craft as a medium for fine art. A pioneer in this medium, he had to literally work from scratch — the process was long and tedious. According to Frank Sullivan, “His productivity in batik painting is enormous… never satisfied, he is always experimenting, seeking to give new depth and range to his batik art.” Teng received international fame in 1968 when his painting entitled ‘Two of a kind’ was selected by UNICEF for its greeting cards selections. Twenty years later, his painting ‘Tell you a secret’ was again selected by UNICEF. Teng’s various batik portrayal of Mother and Children are always heartwarming and tugs at one’s heartstrings.

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          • CHUAH THEAN TENG, DATO’ : Mother and Daughter, 1980’s
            Nov. 28, 2021

            CHUAH THEAN TENG, DATO’ : Mother and Daughter, 1980’s

            Est: RM35,000 - RM55,000

            Teng’s Mother and Child series is a classic, universal motif and one that he adopted and perfected. Despite the expressions on the mother and child subjects, there is an endearing quality to the renditions, each executed in style that is distinctively Teng. The subjects portrayed differ with each artwork, mostly in a loving embrace and filled with warmth. The crackling effect in the background was the result of Teng’s tie-dye technique with waxed cloth. He allowed the wax to crack and for the dye to seep through to obtain the crackling effect which set off against the figures well. “Art is the vision of the artist, his creation, imagination and expressions reflecting the artist’s many degrees of feeling. It is an interplay of both emotional and visual expressions where the illusions created convey the statements across. And through the different modes of expression, we are compelled to seek some standard of value to enable us to distinguish between them. This distinction is called the transformation of things.” – Datuk Chuah Thean Teng.

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          • Chuah Thean Teng (Malaysian 1914-2008), Farmer and oxen
            Oct. 12, 2021

            Chuah Thean Teng (Malaysian 1914-2008), Farmer and oxen

            Est: £2,000 - £3,000

            Chuah Thean Teng (Malaysian 1914-2008)Farmer and oxenBatik dye on clothSigned (lower right)96 x 49.5cm (37¾ x 19¼ in.)

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          • CHUAH THEAN TENG, DATO' : Durian Harvest, Circa, 1980
            Oct. 03, 2021

            CHUAH THEAN TENG, DATO' : Durian Harvest, Circa, 1980

            Est: RM45,000 - RM75,000

            In terms of Dato’ Chuah Thean Teng’s farmers theme, this is a work that is quintessential Teng (as he is affectionately known). All the hallmarks of gesture, form and colours are depicted, colour harmony with the subtle nuances of green and blue, the close-cropped composition, the elegant configurations and supple forms of two ladies with baskets of durian balanced graceful atop their their head, along with their playful children who are eager to help. Teng is the world-acknowledged founder of Batik Painting and he never looked back after his breakthrough exhibition in 1955. His paintings, Two Of A Kind (1968) and Tell You A Secret (1987), took on iconic status when selected for Unicef greeting cards. He studied at the Xiamen (Amoy) Art Institute in China. He was honoured with a retrospective exhibition by the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur in 1965 and by the Penang State Art Gallery in 1994. The Penang State Government conferred him the title “Dato’’ in 1998 and he received the Live Heritage Award in 2005. The National Art Gallery gave him a memorial exhibition in 2009. His major works are on show at Yahong Art Gallery in Batu Ferringhi in Penang, which is a veritable museum also showcasing the batik works of his sons and grandsons.

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          • CHUAH THEAN TENG, DATO' : Threshing Rice, 1980's
            Aug. 15, 2021

            CHUAH THEAN TENG, DATO' : Threshing Rice, 1980's

            Est: RM25,000 - RM65,000

            Dato’ Chuah Thean Teng was born in China in 1914, where he studied at the Amoy Art School. Teng first started in this medium in 1953 and therefore he can be considered the father of Batik Painting in Malaysia. He says, “Art is the vision of the artist, his creation, imagination and expression reflecting the artist’s many degrees of feeling. It is an interplay of both emotional and visual expression where the illusions created convey the statements across. And through the different modes of expressions, we are compelled to seek some standard of value to enable us to distinguish between them. This distinction is called the transformation of things.” In terms of Dato’ Chuah Thean Teng’s Threshing Rice piece, this is a work that is quintessentially Teng (as he is affectionately known). All the hallmarks of gesture, form and colours are depicted: colour harmony with the subtle nuances of red, blue and green, the close-cropped composition alongside the elegant configurations. According to Frank Sullivan, “His (referring to Dato’ Chuah Thean Teng) productivity in batik painting is enormous…never satisfied, he is always experimenting, seeking to give new depth and range to his batik art.”

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          • CHUAH THEAN TENG, DATO' : Mother Grooming with Children
            Aug. 15, 2021

            CHUAH THEAN TENG, DATO' : Mother Grooming with Children

            Est: RM35,000 - RM70,000

            In terms of Dato’ Chuah Thean Teng’s Mother and Child theme, this is a work that is quintessential Teng (as he is affectionally known). All the hallmarks of gesture, form and colours are depicted, colour harmony with the subtle nuances of green and blue, the closecropped composition, the elegant configurations and supple forms of a mother and her two children to emphasise the love and affection during grooming. Teng is the world-acknowledged founder of Batik Painting and he never looked back after his break-through exhibition in 1955. His paintings, Two Of A Kind (1968) and Tell You A Secret (1987), took on iconic status when selected for Unicef greeting cards. He studied at the Xiamen (Amoy) Art Institute in China. He was honoured with a retrospective exhibition by the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur in 1965 and by the Penang State Art Gallery in 1994. The Penang State Government conferred him the title “Dato” in 1998 and he received the Live Heritage Award in 2005. The National Art Gallery gave him a memorial exhibition in 2009. His major works are on show at Yahong Art Gallery in Batu Ferrringhi in Penang, which is a veritable museum also showcasing the batik works of his sons and grandsons.

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          • Chuah Thean Teng (Malaysian, 1914-2008) Harvesting Durians
            Jun. 22, 2021

            Chuah Thean Teng (Malaysian, 1914-2008) Harvesting Durians

            Est: $3,000 - $5,000

            Chuah Thean Teng (Malaysian, 1914-2008) Harvesting Durians Batik dye on linen, framed and glazed, at the lower left signed Teng. 35 3/4 x 23 3/4in (91 x 60.5cm) sight For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

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