The "Baron of Batik", Sarkasi Said (b1940), who goes by the name Tzee, is Singapore’s most well known batik painter. Sarkasi uses a modern adaptation of Indonesia’s traditional batik textile art of dyes and wax. The process he uses is similar to that of other batik printers. However, he extends it by repeatedly washing, boiling and painting on silk and experimenting with different dyes. Sarkasi still uses the canting, a traditional wax container with a spout that he uses to draw on the fabric.
Sarkasi has participated in many exhibitions since 1972, both as a solo artist and in group shows in Singapore and overseas. Sarkasi has also won several awards for his work such as the Best Entry prize from the Sarasota Art Association in the United States in 1980 and the First Prize (Abstract Painting) in the United Overseas Bank’s 8th Painting of the Year Competition in 1989. In addition, Sarkasi was honoured with the Pingat APAD by the Angkatan Pelukis Aneka Daya (APAD) for his contributions to the development of art.
Sarkasi’s works are part of many distinguished public and private collections including those of the Singapore Art Museum, the Sultana of Johore, the Sultana of Brunei, Singapore President SR Nathan and the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A batik shawl by Sarkasi Said is also in the collection of HRH the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton.
Galerie Belvedere exclusively represents Sarkasi Said.