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Ong Kim Seng
Kinta Road, 2011

Water Colour on Paper
54 x 74mm

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Ong once mentioned, “When I observe a scene, I imagine the finished painting before I begin the actual process of sketching and painting. This is the moment I identify the darkest and lightest points of the scene in order to establish the contrasts. Once contrast placement has been decided, I start to sketch with a pencil...while sketching the scene I eliminate elements that obstruct the focal point to achieve the scene that I want to see.” This piece is such a scene with a clear focal point – the viewer experiences the sun-drenched setting as though he or she is physically there.

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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

    Nostalgia in Transformation, Ode to Art, Singapore

    Solo Exhibition with Quanhua Watercolour Art Gallery, Shanghai, China

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

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

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

    Moments of Light, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore

    Mastering Light and Shade, National University of Singapore

    Timeless Jiangnan - with Kwek Leng Joo, Singapore

    Recent works of Ong Kim Seng, Singapore History Museum

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