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TONG Chin Sye
A key artist representing the 2nd Generation Singapore Art.

Old Singapore River Watercolour by 2nd Generation Artist Tong Chin Sye
Tong Chin Sye
Singapore River 1988
44 by 30 in
Watercolor on Paper
Born in 1939, Tong Chin Sye is a renowned Singaporean multimedia artist graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). He won first prize in the PSA Art Competition in 1987 and has participated in many exhibitions both locally and abroad. He was invited to represent Singapore at the Flemish Watercolor Days held at Zaventen, Europe in 1998.

A frequent traveler, Tong, with an open mind, continues to be inspired by architectural and cultural subject matters. Each new subject matter, be it a figures or an architectural structure, is well translated into his new spectrum of colors. All images captured by him never fail to present new excitement to viewers and art lovers.
His watercolors paintings naturally blend in the beauty of Chinese calligraphy. Viewers are easily moved by the flow of lines and the dynamics of mark making. His strength in sketching and drawing allows him to compose and work directly through sketch reference made during his trips. This truly expands his scopes in composing and designing picture surface, differentiating him from many painters who work directly from photographic references. His choice of colors is a balanced mixture of personality and visual memory.
Singapore Chinatown 1980s, Watercolor Painting by 2nd Generation Artist Tong Chin Sye
Tong Chin Sye
Old Chinatown Market
44"x30"
Watercolor on Paper
Old Singapore Watercolor Painting
Tong Chin Sye
Old Chinatown, Singapore
30"x22"
Watercolor on Paper
Singapore River Old Boat Quay, Watercolor Painting
Tong Chin Sye
Back Alley, Old Singapore
30" x 22"
Watercolor on Paper
Tong works on all media including chinese painting, calligraphy, watercolor, oil and acrylic. With his variety of styles, Tong is the most sought after art instructor in Singapore. His students range from beginner painters to artists. He has conducted numerous talks and workshops including a watercolor appreciation lecture and demonstration at the Singapore Art Museum.



temple street old Singapore Chinatown Watercolour by 2nd Generation Artist Tong Chin Sye
Tong Chin Sye
Temple Street Market, Chinatown
44 by 30 in
Watercolor on Paper
Old Singapore River by 2nd Generation Artist Tong Chin Sye
Tong Chin Sye
Singapore River In Memories
44 by 30 in
Watercolor on Paper

Tong, the traveler
Tong is an incredible artist with upmost adventure spirits. He made trips to China, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines and the Indonesian Island including Sulawesi, Sumatra, Medan Lake Tahoe. The trip to the Indian subcontinent stretched over a period of three months, including the ancient cities in the south, Darjeeling, Varanasi and up north to Kathmandu and Nepal. The trips also included Europe, the cradle of western civilization and birth place of western art. On these trips, he made various visits to museums and painted amply on location. Having assimilated and incorporated these ideas, he visited Egypt, Greece, Turkey to seek new inspiration. These places provided the themes of many works in a later series.
Singapore River, Watercolor Painting
Tong Chin Sye
Singapore River
22 by 15 In
Watercolor on Paper
Singapore River Cavenagh Bridge, Watercolor Painting
Tong Chin Sye
Singapore River, Cavenagh Bridge
30 by 22 In
Watercolor on Paper
Singapore River Boat Quay, Watercolor Painting
Tong Chin Sye
Old Parliment House, Singapore River
30 by 22 In
Watercolor on Paper
In 1999, he visited Vienna, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary and Venice, and made paintings within cathedrals. Over 10 years ago, he also traveled to the Latin American including Peru, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Chile. These places fulfilled a sense of adventure and still provide further thematic material for future projects.
Singapore Old Kallang River, Watercolor Painting
Tong Chin Sye
Singapore River, Old Kallang River
22 by 15 In
Watercolor on Paper
He visited Haiphong and Hanoi in Vietnam, the Holang Bay in Cambodia, Kampong Cham and the Angkor Wat. Related works from these excursions have been compiled into a series. In Nov 2000, he made a one month trip to Myanmar, Yangon, Bagan, Pvin-oo-Iwin, Mandalay and Taunggyi.
Singapore River Fullerton Bridge, Watercolor Painting
Tong Chin Sye
Singapore River, Fullerton Bridge
30 by 22 In
Watercolor on Paper
Singapore River Old Clarke Quay Tong Chin Sye, Watercolor Painting
Tong Chin Sye
Singapore River, Old Boat Quay
22 by 15 In
Watercolor on Paper
Thank you for viewing. Price of Tong's paintings ranged from SGD5k to SGD16k.
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