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Ong Kim Seng
Lane of Little India, 1995

Water Colour on Paper
52.6 x 72.8cm


Ong Kim Seng uses the power of perspective to draw his viewers deeper into his paintings. His fluid strokes, portrayal of light and shadow and detailed features are commendable given the difficulty of watercolour as a medium due to its transparency and unpredictability. In the 1840s, the Little India area consisted of residential housing as a race course had been completed and watching horse races was a popular activity for the Europeans. Cattle trading was also carried out as the area was located close to the Serangoon River. Employers needed Indian migrant workers to help with the business of cattle trading, and this also led to an influx of Indian immigrants hoping to make a living in other trades. The Indian community in the area grew, leading to a proliferation of goods and services as well as places of worship such as the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple that was built in 1855.

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  • +Artist Bio

    Born in 1945 in Singapore, Ong Kim Seng is an internationally renowned watercolorist and one of Singapore‚Äôs 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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