As a child, Sarkasi knew he wanted to be an artist. His flair for art won the notice of art teacher Haji Sulaiman bin Hj Suhaimi who took him under his tutelage. The idyllic kampongs and the Bptanic Gardens became Sarkasi’s workshop where he developed his distinctive style that is closely linked with the world of nature. With graceful brush strokes, Sarkasi effortlessly captures on canvas the beauty and wonders of this world with a celebration of exuberant colours.

Winning several accolades for his nation, his works have been awarded the Best Entry from the Sarasota Art Association in the United States (1980) and the First Prize (abstract painting) in the United Overseas Bank’s 8th Painting of the Year Competition (1989). Sarkasi was also honoured with the Pingat APAD by Angkatan Pelukis Aneka Daya (APAD) for his contributions to the development of art.

Throughout his illustrious art career, Sarkasi has held numerous exhibitions to showcase his works in countries including Singapore, New Zealand, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and the United States.

Sarkasi Said currently holds the Guinness world record for the Longest Batik Painting, 100 metre (330 ft) by 0.7 metre (2 ft) Indonesian-style painting of orchids, which he completed on the 20th of May 2003. He had only slept for 2 hours for 5 consecutive days to complete the painting.


Lyrics in Wax: Art of Sarkasi Tzee
by Serene Goh
ISBN: 981-00-9510-4 / 9810095104
Title: Lyrics in Wax: Art of Sarkasi Tzee
Author: Serene Goh
Publisher: Tzee Creation
Country: Singapore
Edition: Softcover




Tzee-trospection: A Decade of Sarkasi is a collaborative effort between Beatty Alumni and The Arts House. The event hopes to raise funds for the Beatty Secondary School Development Fund. With the school’s move towards developing the Creative and Media Arts it is also noteworthy that it is contributing a portion of the proceeds towards the Arts House’s Budding Artists Fund.


Known in Singapore as the “Baron of Batik”, Sarkasi was a student at Beatty Secondary in the 1950s.

Sarkasi’s works have toured Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, New Zealand, USA, Japan and France. They have also found their way into many distinguished public and private collections including the National Museum of Singapore, Her Royal Highness Sultana of Johore, Her Royal Highness Pengiran Hajjah Mariam Brunei Darussalam, the Singapore High Commission in Brunei, Kuala Lumpur and the President of the Republic of Singapore.


In 1974, he won the Pingat APAD, from Angkatan Pelukis Aneka Daya or APAD, a local art group. This was followed by a string of other awards, including

Best Foreign Entry Sarasota Art Society (USA) (1981)
8th UOB Painting of the Year Award (1989) (First Prize -Abstract Category)
IBM Art Award (Highly Commended) (1990)
Sarkasi has contributed to numerous charitable events and even holds a record in the Guinness Book of Records of having painted the world’s longest Batik painting of 103.9 metres.

The Beatty Alumni, in association with The Arts House at The Old Parliament, is organising a unique fund raising event entitled Tzee-trospection: A Decade of Sarkasi Said.
The solo exhibition cum sales of specially commissioned pieces from the well-known batik master and former Beattyian, Mr Sarkasi Said Tzee features the 5 themes of:

Mother & Child
Urban Landscape
Exhibition cum Sale and Auction Details:

Exhibition Dates:
30 March - 18 April 2005

10am to 8pm Daily, Free Admission

The Arts House atThe Old Parliament.

Official Launch with Auction:
2 April 2005, 5:30pm to 8:30pm

HE President SR Nathan
(Proceeds will go towards the Beatty Development Fund & The Arts House' Budding Artists' Fund)