Dato Chuah Thean Teng Artists

Dato Chuah Thean Teng

Dato Chuah (1912 – 2008) was born and educated in China, was later migrated to Penang in 1932. Known as the Father of Batik Modern Painting, Chuah first attempted batik painting in 1953, fusing modern and traditional technique of using tjanting with Western aesthetic. Chuah’s art depicted Kampung/Village scenes as well as his imagery of women and children at work, rest or play. Chuah also dwell in woodcut prints, scultures and ever drew cartoons for Chinese newspaper during free time. Chuah’s art ‘Two of a kind’ was first adopted by UNICEF on its greeting cards in 1968 and later, ‘Tell you a secret’ in 1977. He was said to be the only Malaysian invited to the Commonwealth Artists of Fame Exhibition in England. Chuah’s received a Diploma of Merit at the First International Art Exhibition in Saigon, Vietnam in 1962 and was honored with a Retrospective Exhibition by the National Art Gallery in 1965. He was also awarded the A.M.N. medal by the Malaysian Government for his contribution in arts.

"Two Mother.."
Artist ~ Dato Chuah..