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Lot 9: KELVIN CHAP (B. Indonesia, 1975) Ranau, 2015
by KLAS Art Auction
23 October 2016
2, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaLive Auction
Description: KELVIN CHAP (B. Indonesia, 1975) Ranau, 2015 Signed and dated “Chap Kelvin 2015” on lower right Signed, titled and dated on the reverse Mixed media on canvas 131 x 131 cm
Condition Report: Signed and dated “Chap Kelvin 2015” on lower right Signed, titled and dated on the reverse
Notes: Kelvin Chap grew up in Sabah, despite having been born in Indonesia. There, he developed an intense fascination for the Borneo tribal culture and symbolisms, which are always present in all his artworks. The masks, totem poles and everything iconic from Borneo is present in this artwork, clashing with fluorescent colors to represent modernity. The artist explained that the idea behind this piece is simply a social commentary; the overlapping of tradition and culture with modernization, of how they clash, and the portrayal of a society that is too eager to accept urbanization, so much so that the lines are blurred and almost obscure the original culture identity. Kelvin Chap Kok Leong graduated from the Malaysian Institute of Fine Art in 1994, after majoring in print-making. He has won many art competitions such as the Pilihan Negeri Sabah 1993, 1994, 1995 and the Philip Morris Art Award Honourable mention in 1995.
Provenance: Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Dimensions: 131 x 131 cm
Artist or Maker: KELVIN CHAP
Medium: Mixed media on canvas