Lot 18 | Auction XVI

LOT 18

(B. Singapore, 1945)

Straits Chinese House, 1990

Signed and dated “ONG KIM SENG ‘90 A.W.S” on lower left
Watercolour on paper
28 x 38 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

SOLD – RM 4,876

Ong Kim Seng’s style is described as being “naturalist cum impressionistic” and “a combination of post-impressionist colour and the outlook of the American realist masters”. He paints en plein air and has stated that in order for him to paint a place; he has to feel it first.

“I believe that inspiration comes naturally when there’s a link between the artist and his subject.”

He focuses on inanimate objects, architectural form, masonry, foliage and landscape and as seen in this piece he captures the scenery in Nepal brilliantly, and the results are better than real. From the complexity and the minute details of the buildings to the realistic play of light and shadow, his exemplar