Lot 35 | 5 March 2023



LOT 35


B. Singapore, 1945

Om Mani Padme Hum! (Jewel in the Heart of the Lotus) – Nepal Series, 1980

Signed on lower left

Ink and colour on paper

73 x 53.5 cm

Private Collection, Singapore

RM 18,000 – 25,000

The Himalayas have always been a source of inspiration and a great challenge to venerable artist, Ong Kim Seng. He trekked up to Everest Base Camp to paint its scenery in 1978 to test himself. “I wanted to see if I could work in conditions that were a lot harsher than those in Singapore, and I am very glad that I passed the test,” said Ong. The artist’s well-received Himalayan Trek Exhibition in 1979 was a testimonial of this fact. But more than that, Ong was captivated by the mountain range as well as the people of Kathmandu, which proceeded to inspire another trip in 1981. Throughout the years, on the other side of the Himalayan mountain range, lies Tibet, which posed a mysterious lure for the artist. “It represented my greatest challenge yet.