This exhibition at artcommune gallery features over 20 watercolours by three seminal Singaporean watercolour artists, Lim Cheng Hoe (1912 – 1979), Gog Sing Hooi (1933 – 1994) & Ong Kim Seng (1945 – ). Lim Cheng Hoe and Gog Sing Hooi were pioneer watercolour artists whose artistic talents and dedication to the medium placed them in mentoring roles amongst younger local watercolorists participating in the Sunday Group during the 1940s – 60s, and eventually helped founded the Singapore Watercolour Society in 1969. The showcase focusses on their works from the period of 1950s – 1980s, allowing an examination of how these two pioneer artists localised aspects of British watercolour style and constantly improvised on techniques of light and shade to better reflect the unique qualities of Singapore landscapes. Ong Kim Seng, a self-taught artist who is today Singapore’s top watercolourist and among the most acclaimed watercolourists in Asia, painted with the Sunday Group in his youth and has credited the informal guidance of Lim Cheng Hoe and Gog Sing Hooi in nurturing his early exploration of the medium. The exhibition includes Ong Kim Seng’s earlier watercolours from the 1970s – 1980s and his later works from after the 2000s. These works will provide interesting comparisons in techniques and interests to the two aforementioned pioneer artists, and at the same time highlight the notable point of departure as his oeuvre matured over the decades.
Venue: artcommune gallery, 76 Bras Basah Road, #01-01 Carlton Hotel, Singapore 189558
When: 19 - 28 Jul 2019, 12noon - 7pm