Michael Ong

Medium: Bronze and marble 
Size of work: Approx. Ø28 x H41 cm
Displayed on plinth

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Ong has always focused on the material, be it wood or clay, and what each type of material could bring to the eventual aesthetics of the sculpture. A keen observer, honed from years of life drawing, he transits from observation to manipulation of the material and finally production, as these sculptures are finally cast in bronze.

About the Artist

Michael Ong (b. 1942, Singapore) is a second generation artist known for his life drawings and sculptures.

After completing his art studies at the prestigious R.M.I.T. University in Melbourne and later a Masters in Industrial Design in the early 1970s, he returned to Singapore. He was active in the Sculpture Society and informal art groups like ‘Group 90’ (founded by Brother Joseph McNally). In 1984, Michael was selected to represent Singapore at the 4 ASEAN Sculpture Symposium in Brunei and he created a monumental piece of ciment fondu which stands towering over Asian Square.