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Ong Kim Seng
Merchant Road, 2012

Water Colour on Paper
40 x 50cm

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Merchant Road was originally named “Theatre Street” in reference to the cluster of Chinese opera houses and streetside performances that were frequently organised in the area. Subsequently, when merchants began to gather and reside in the location in large numbers, it was renamed Merchant Road. Most of the buildings along the road were developed in the 1990s such as Merchant Court Hotel and Riverside Point and today, the road houses office buildings and retail spaces. This piece showcases a piece of the past that still exists in the architecture of shophouses, a contrast to the modernity of Singapore today.

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  • +Artist Bio

    Born in 1945 in Singapore, Ong Kim Seng is an internationally renowned watercolorist and one of Singapore’s most prominent artistic icons. Self-taught and self-supported, the artist has participated in group and solo exhibitions in Singapore and in the United States, China, United Kingdom, Japan , Australia, Belgium, Germany, France, Middle East, Taiwan and Hong Kong. He has won a multitude of awards including six awards from the American Watercolor Society, and the coveted Cultural Medallion in 1999. Playing an active part in some of the most prestigious art fellowships and organizations, the artist was President of the Singapore Watercolor Society from 1991 to 2001, subsequently becoming Honorary President.
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  • +Exhibitions

    2014
    Nostalgia in Transformation, Ode to Art, Singapore

    2013
    Solo Exhibition with Quanhua Watercolour Art Gallery, Shanghai, China

    2010
    Poems in Watercolour, Galerie Belvedere, The Arts House, Singapore

    2008
    Home and Nation in the Art of Ong Kim Seng, Singapore Art Museum

    2005
    Shanghai Land of Splendour, Shanghai Art Fair
    Guangzhou Art Fair, Guangzhou Commodity Fair Exhibition, China

    2004
    Moments of Light, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore

    2003
    Mastering Light and Shade, National University of Singapore

    2002
    Timeless Jiangnan - with Kwek Leng Joo, Singapore

    2000
    Recent works of Ong Kim Seng, Singapore History Museum

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