Lot 44 | 28 August 2022




LOT 44


B. Singapore, 1939

Temple Street, Chinatown, 26.12.1982

Signed and dated “Tong 26.12.1982” on lower right

Watercolour on paper

70 x 90 cm

Private Collection, USA

RM 15,000 – RM 28,000

Tong Chin Sye was a frequent traveller, and is continuously inspired by architecture and culture. Using a wide array of colours, he translates them beautifully onto paper. His watercolour paintings remind the viewer of Chinese calligraphy and ancient Chinese paintings, the way the colours seem to flow and meld into each other seamlessly and gracefully. His works are the combination of memory and personality. He sketches every country he has been to – China, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand and more, executing them brilliantly with his brushworks as in this piece, a view of the Temple Street in Singapore.