Visual Arts Centre

The Realm Of Vibrancy By Ong Boon Kong

Charmaine Lim, The Straits Times, Thu Feb 8th, 2024
The late Ong Boon Kong was renown for his paintings of tigers and Singapore scenery.

The Realm Of Vibrancy By Ong Boon Kong honours the legacy of the late artist Ong Boon Kong (1948 to 2021), renowned for his paintings of tigers on canvas and rice paper.

Organised by Asia Art Collective and Dynasties Antique & Art Gallery, the posthumous exhibition presents 50 artworks ranging from the 1970s to 2021.

Born in Fujian, China, Ong moved to Singapore at age 11, and began learning from Singapore pioneer artists such as Chen Chong Swee and Chen Wen Hsi. Ong became a full-time painter in 1976 and painted for more than 50 years, travelling to other countries to paint and participate in exhibitions.

His watercolours, Chinese ink paintings and oil paintings depict not only his famous tigers, but also Singapore street scenes and the people he saw. Through his work, his love of wildlife and the vibrant culture of Singapore are reflected.

Where: Visual Arts Centre, 01-02 Dhoby Ghaut Green, 10 Penang Road
MRT: Dhoby Ghaut
When: Feb 15 to 21, 11am to 7pm daily
Admission: Free