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Ong Kim Seng
b. 1945, Singapore  -

Mr. Ong Kim Seng (b. 1945, Singapore – ), BBM. A.W.S. DF. N.W.S is one of the most highly-acclaimed watercolour artists in Asia. A full-time artist since 1985, Mr. Ong was awarded the Cultural Medallion in Visual Arts by the Republic of Singapore in 1990 and is a recipient of 8 awards from the prestigious American Watercolour Society (AWS) in New York. In 1990, he became the first Asian outside of the US to be awarded the AWS membership. He was conferred the distinguished Dolphin Fellowship by the Society in 2000.

Displaying fluid strokes and excellent attention to detail, Mr. Ong’s watercolours are remarkable for their lyrical expressiveness and poetic charms. His paintings have been featured in numerous exhibitions around the world, including Singapore Art Museum, Agung Rai Museum and Neka Museum (Bali, Indonesia), and in other foreign missions and embassies of the Republic of Singapore.

The watercolour maestro also counts Queen Elizabeth II of England, Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of China, President of the Republic of Korea, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, President of the Republic of the Philippines, Prime Minister of Japan, Prime Minister of India, the Governor of Hokkaido, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations among the long list of royal figures and luminaries who have come to be collectors of his paintings.


Mr. Ong has been an Art Advisor to the National Arts Council since 1998 and is a life Fellow of the 

National University of Singapore’s Centre of the Arts. He previously served as the President of the Singapore Watercolour Society from 1991 to 2001 and is currently their Honorary President. The artist’s most recent appointment was as Chief Judge for the International Watercolour Exposition held in China, among an international panel of judges from China, USA, Australia, Uruguay, Russia, France and Sweden.


Arts picks: Ong Kim Seng's street scenes (2022, July 21)

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水彩名家王金成最新个展 捕捉“流光诗韵” (2022, July 14)

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Ong Kim Seng's art sells for $130,540. (2017, April 04)

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Paintings of late Mr Lee Kuan Yew's Oxley Road house in art show. (2016, March 13).

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Ong Kim Seng's global journey. (2015, July 05).

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