Melaka River, 1999
Water Colour on Paper, 52 x 72 cm
USD 6,400 – 9,100
About the artwork
Said to be the birthplace of Melaka, Sumatran prince Parameswaran founded the Melaka Sultanate here and built his palace on the east bank of the river in the 15th century. Once called the 'Venice of the East' by European seafarers, it was an important trade route in the heyday of the Melaka sultanate. Ong Kim Seng paints the scene in vivid colours, with spectacular depiction of light and shadow.
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.