Artist: Ong Hieng Fuong
Title: Town, No. 578
Medium: Mixed media on paper (Ink wash, technical pen and watercolour)
Size (cm): 100 x 180 (Triptych)
Town, No. 578 is a colourful palette of memories and experiences presented on paper to artfully evoke a sense of nostalgia. Using a technical pen and watercolour, the artist depicts an old way of life that is fast being replaced by modernisation. In this artwork, the artist is recalling his early memories growing up in a traditional Chinese community. He poignantly recalls the memory of a Teochew opera held in his hometown to celebrate Chinese deities and the bustling community life that was typical of small towns and villages. Each element of the artwork details the behaviour and action of people hidden deeply within the artist’s memory.
Mr Ong was the Most Promising Artist of the Year in the 2017 UOB Painting of the Year (Malaysia) competition. He is currently pursuing his tertiary education at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China.