Lot 59

LOT 59

(B. Singapore, 1939)

Reflecting, 1983

Signed and dated “Tong 1983” on lower right
Inscribed “Tong Chin Sye 0689 1983” on verso
Watercolour on paper
27.5 x 27.5 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

SOLD – RM 4,256

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 and the people he has seen, as depicted in this piece, executing them brilliantly with his brushworks.

Tong Chin Sye is a multimedia artist and a part-time lecturer at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore. In 1987, he won the first prize in the PSA Art Competition and represented Singapore at the Flemish Watercolour Days held in Zaventen in 1998. This artist’s dynamic ouevre spans from watercolour, oil, acrylic, Chinese ink painting and calligraphy, making him the most sought after artist and instructor in Singapore.