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TONG Chin Sye
A full time artist who travels all over the world to explore and paint on location.
A key artist representing the 2nd Generation Singapore Art.

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Singapore River Fullerton Bridge, Watercolor Painting

Tong Chin Sye
Singapore River I, 1989
44"x30"
Watercolor on Paper
NEW

Chinatown 1987, Tong Chin Sye, Singapore Watercolour Painting

Tong Chin Sye
Old Chinatown, Temple Street Market Place 1987
30"x44"
Watercolor on Paper
NEW

Singapore River Fullerton Bridge, Watercolor Painting

Tong Chin Sye
Old Chinatown Market Place II, 1987
44"x30"
Watercolor on Paper
NEW


Singapore River Fullerton Bridge, Watercolor Painting
Tong Chin Sye
Singapore River, Fullerton Bridge
30"x22"
Watercolor on Paper
Singapore River Fullerton Bridge, Watercolor Painting
Tong Chin Sye
Singapore River, Old Boat Quay
22 "x15"
Watercolor on Paper
Singapore River Boat Quay, Watercolor Painting
Tong Chin Sye
Old Parliment House, Singapore River
30"x22"
Watercolor on Paper
Singapore Old Kallang River, Watercolor Painting
Tong Chin Sye
Singapore River, Old Kallang River
22 "x15"
Watercolor on Paper
Singapore Tian Hok Kin Temple, Watercolor Painting
Tong Chin Sye
Old Singapore
15 "x22"
Watercolor on Paper
Singapore River Old Clarke Quay Tong Chin Sye, Watercolor Painting
Tong Chin Sye
Singapore River, Old Clarke Quay
22 "x15"
Watercolor on Paper
Singapore River, Watercolor Painting
Tong Chin Sye
Singapore River
22"x15"
Watercolor on Paper
Singapore River Cavenagh Bridge, Watercolor Painting
Tong Chin Sye
Singapore River, Cavenagh Bridge
30"x22"
Watercolor on Paper
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
Born in 1939, Tong Chin Sye is a renowned Singaporean multimedia artist and part-time lecturer in Western Art at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore. 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 and oil 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.



Hong Kong Street Scene Oil Painting
Hong Kong Street Scene
43"x29" (SOLD)
Oil on Canvas

Chinatown Singapore Oil Painting by Tong Chin Sye
Chinatown I, Singapore (SOLD)
18"x13"
Oil on Canvas
Taiwan Watercolor
Taiwan
41"x29" (SOLD)
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.



Sketch is the heart of Tong's artworks. He travels from continents to continents. With his master scripting skills, he summarizes visual images momentarily and vividly transcending them into high art. Through his artworks, viewers could relate the images while admiring his masterly execution and brushworks.

Seascape Sketch No.2 by Tong
12"x16"
Sketch No.2
Seascape Sketch No.1 by Tong
12"x16"
Sketch No.1
Seascape Sketch No.3 by Tong
30"x22"
Sketch No.3
Seascape Sketch No.4 by Tong
30"x22"
Sketch No.4
Seascape Sketch No.5 by Tong
30"x22"
Sketch No.5
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.
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. 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.
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Tong Chin Sye
Old Singapore River (SOLD)
29"x21"
Watercolor on Paper
Chinatown Singapore Oil Painting by Tong Chin Sye
Chinatown II, Singapore (SOLD)
18"x13"
Oil on Canvas