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Ong Kim Seng
Tanjong Pagar Road, 2014

Water Colour on Paper
52 x 72cm

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The scene is comprised of a two-point perspective where the focal point branches out to form depth and wide space. Nestled in the city center, Tanjong Pagar Road represents the intersection between the past and present. In the 19th century, Tanjong Pagar was an enclave for thousands of Chinese and Indian workers who had migrated to Singapore to work on the docks. There were problems of pollution, overcrowding and prostitution and it became a predominantly working class Hokkien area with an Indian minority population. Today, Tanjong Pagar has changed tremendously. The first area to be gazetted as a conservation area in Singapore, it now consists of fashionable boutiques, bars and cafés.

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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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