Mackenzie Road, 2004
Water Colour on Paper, 52 x 72.5 cm
About the artwork
Mackenzie Road is situated close to the Little India MRT station. In the past, the road bustled with activity - long queues flocked to Rex Cinemas which opened in 1946, people frequented food stalls and made their way to the nearby bus depot. Portraying the quieter back lane of a row of houses, Ong Kim Seng provides a quieter and more serene perspective of Mackenzie Road.
About the artist
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.