Lot 050

b. Selangor, 1961

AT HOME, 2006

Signed and dated ‘Chin Chuan 2006’ (lower right)
Watercolour on paper
55cm x 75cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.

ESTIMATE  RM 4,000 - 6,000

A watercolourist with great a eye for detail, Chow Chin Chuan’s deep fascination towards the bicycle - one of the world’s oldest modes of transportation - and for depicting traditional Malaysian abodes is apparent in his works. Here, Chin Chuan illustrates an old bicycle parked in front of the steps of a kampung house. Attentive details are seen on the rusty bicycle; a pair of sandals; the floral motif tiles adorning the steps; the embossed plaster-cast-flowers on the pillar; the pot of flowerless plant on the ground; and the blooming bougainvillea atop a pillar. Rendered in razor sharp precision and clever use of positive and negative spaces, At Home epitomises a sense of belonging and security. The trusted bicycle represents hardship and to come home from a long day at work is a comforting thought embedded in everybody’s mind.

Chow Chin Chuan obtained Diplomas in Fine Art and Figure Design from Kuala Lumpur College of Art (1982 – 1983). He has held seven solo exhibitions to date which included his first titled Tribute To The Bicycle in 2002 and most recently Runway in 2011. He has participated in group exhibitions abroad in Indonesia, India, China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Sweden. He was the recipient of Consolation Prize for the Sin Chew Press Cartoon Contest in 1989 and Minor Award at the Young Contemporaries, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur in 1990.