Untitled (Morning)

Executed at a time when Chuah Thean Teng was getting confident of his experimentations with the Batik medium, the strong lines reveal Teng’s sound draftsmanship and his ability to replicate that skill in the batik medium. The choice of colours are minimal thus placing our focus on the subjects depicted which in this case, is a typical rural setting with people engaged in their daily routine. The sun suggests that it is being carried out at the start of the day. The subject of the painting thus forms part of the narrative of Malayan history at a time when the search for a national identity was pursued by artists from both Malaysia and Singapore.

Artist Name
Chuah Thean Teng
Date/Period
1960 - 1963
Region
Malaysia
Dimension
Gross Measurement: 112.1 x 173.8 x 2.2 cm, Image size: 112.1 x 173.8 cm
Accession No.
2014-00521
Material
Batik
Collection of
National Gallery Singapore
Category
Paintings