Blk 3 at Jalan Bukit Merah

Ong Kim Seng, born in 1945 and one of Singapore’s best known watercolourists, is largely a self-taught artist who learnt by observing pioneer watercolourists Lim Cheng Hoe (1912-1979) and Gog Sing Hooi (1933-1994) who painted by the Singapore River on Sundays. Ong, whose first solo exhibition in 1979 featured works from his 1978 trek to the Himalayas, became a full-time artist in 1985. In 1999 Ong was awarded the Cultural Medallion by the Singapore government, and in 2000 the prestigious Dolphin Fellowship by the American Watercolour Society, the only Asian to receive such an honour.This work is one of a group Ong painted in 2007 that features a historical scene superimposed over a contemporary one. The public housing estate in Jalan Bukit Merah, rendered in a limited palette of orange, brown and blue, was where Ong grew up while the attap house is a poignant reminder of the kampongs (villages in Malay) that were once found in the area.

Artist Name
Ong Kim Seng
Image size: 171.5 x 132 cm, Frame size: H178.5 x W139 x D6.5 cm
Accession No.
Watercolour on paper
Collection of
Singapore Art Museum