Untitled (Abstract Scene 3)

Born in 1942 in Singapore, New York/Singapore-based artist Wong Keen’s art training began under Liu Kang and advanced under Chen Wen Hsi’s mentoring. In 1961 Wong left to study at The Art Students League, New York, and in 1963 received the League’s prestigious Edward G. McDowell Travelling Scholarship to travel and study in Europe. During the 1960s in New York, Wong was drawn to Abstract Expressionism for its energetic and spontaneous use of paint to express emotion. Influenced and surrounded by significant artists of the movement in American art such as Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollack, as well as by renowned artist-teachers at the League under whom Wong studied such as Morris Kantor, Sidney Gross, Vaclav Vytlacil, key elements appear here in Wong’s painting that are derived from these various sources of inspiration: The gestural and dripping strokes emerging from/into the geometric blocks or ‘fields’ of emotive colour.

Artist Name
Wong Keen
Date/Period
1965
Region
Singapore
Dimension
Image size: 113.8 x 134.2 cm, Frame size: H116 x W136.4 x D4.4 cm
Accession No.
2006-01883
Material
Oil on canvas
Collection of
National Gallery Singapore
Credit Line
Donation from Mr and Mrs Koh Seow Chuan
Category
Paintings