Chuah Thean Teng is recognised as a pioneer of Malaysian batik painting. Teng’s experiments transformed batik, previously confined to being worn as sarong and kebaya, into a fine art medium that is displayed on the wall. Teng is known for his technically sophisticated build-up of layers of colour, as well as his romantic renditions of pastoral life, which often show a fertile and nurturing Malaysia, a celebration of his new homeland and its people. This section brings together three generations of batik painters from the Chuah family.
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