Lot 39 | 20 February 2022




LOT 39


B. Singapore, 1945

Singapore River – St Theresa Church, 1982

Signed and dated “K.seng, 82” on the lower left

Watercolour on paper

27.5 x 37.5 cm

Private Collection, Singapore

RM 7,000 – 15,000

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 Singapore brilliantly, and the results are better than real. From the complexity and the minute details of the boats to the realistic play of light and shadow, his exemplary use of watercolour and the balance between subject and space truly make his work a gem. Ong Kim Seng was born in Singapore and has been a full- time artist since 1985.