Singing the Blues

Michael Ong

Medium: Monotype print and oil emulsion on paper

Size of work: 55.9 x 38 cm (paper)

Size of frame: 70 x 57 cm (framed)

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Whilst printmaking is a process which relies heavily on technical knowledge and pre-planning, Ong manages to imbue a sense of spontaneity into his prints using a mixture of monoprint technique and hand painting. Many of the forms in his prints can be recognised in his metal sculptures.

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.