ONG KIM SENG
B. Singapore, 1945
Old Bridge, 1990
Signed, dated and inscribed “90 A.W.S” on lower left
Watercolour on paper
36 x 54 cm
Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
RM3,500 – RM5,000
Ong is a self-taught artist, who never had any formal art training. As a realist painter, his works focus on inanimate objects, architectural form, masonry, foliage and landscape. His style is “naturalist cum impressionistic”, which is “ a combination of postimpressionist colour and the outlook of the American realist masters”. He has held numerous solo and group exhibitions in the past three decades, had his works published by local and international publishers, and appeared on local arts television programmes.
In 1993 his work, ‘Bhaktaphur’ was the first Singapore watercolour painting to be auctioned by Sotheby’s in Hong Kong. In March 1994, his work, ‘Bali’ was auctioned by Christie’s in Singapore. His works are now auctioned annually in Singapore and in the region.