LOT 18 | Auction XXXV


LOT 18


B. Singapore, 1943

Singapore River (Elgin Bridge), 1968

Signed and dated “wan soon kam 68” on lower right

Oil on canvas

61 x 76 cm

Provenance Private Collection, USA

RM 15,000 – RM 18,000


Wan was one of Singapore’s leading artists. He was renowned for his landscape and street scene paintings, evident in ‘Singapore River, Elgin Bridge’. He successfully combined acrylic and watercolour in his paintings with brilliance and through this work portray an immaculate scene. In this work, boats are seen docked at the river while in a distance, the Elgin bridge stands tall and mighty. In the starkness of his works, you can feel the texture and the reminiscence of careful strokes of his brushes. At the same time, you can also value the intended message in the mind of the artist when he constructed this piece. They are deep and broad. Wan mastered flawless technique while application of diversified techniques and implicative colours give viewers a feeling of the dynamic within the static, raising the definition of beauty to the next level.