Speaking about batik at the Singapore Art Museum

Information below extracted from SAM’s website

Batik Art in Southeast Asia:
Tradition and Modernity

21 Apr 2007 2:00PM – 4:00PM
@ Singapore Art Museum Auditorium,
71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555
For enquiries, please call 6332 3220.

As the second installation of the Printmaking Series, this session introduces audiences to the background and practice of batik art in the different art traditions of Southeast Asian countries.To introduce the topic, first speaker Wang Zineng will be speaking on the history of batik art production. His presentation will focus upon two aspects in the study of batik painting’s emergence as a modern artistic expression in 1950s Malaya – the role of art patronage and the importance of considering material and practice-based aspects of batik painting. Second speaker Mohamed Kamal Bin Dollah is a Singaporean artist, designer and art educator. Kamal has been exploring batik-painting techniques in art-making since 1993, and regularly conducts batik workshops to schools under the National Arts Council’s art enrichment programme. His presentation will explore the various issues regarding the practice of batik art.
About the Speakers
Wang Zineng
has recently completed his honours thesis on Malayan batik painting at Southeast Asian Studies Programme, National University of Singapore (NUS). He is presently an adjunct assistant curator at NUS Museum and his research interests cover aspects of Southeast Asian art history, material culture and visual anthropology.

Mohamed Kamal Bin Dollah is a Singaporean artist, designer and art educator. The former president (2002-2006) of Angkatan Pelukis Aneka Daya (APAD), an association of Malay artists; he recently completed his studies for Masters of Arts in Contemporary Practice from the University of Huddersfield (UK) & Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Singapore). His research and practice investigates batik-painting in contemporary art-making.

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