Exhibiting Artists: Ng Eng Teng
Dates: 29 Mar 2012 - 12 Apr 2012
In the last decade of his life, Ng Eng Teng (1934-2001) revived an interest in drawing which had largely been abandoned in the mid-1960s. Firstly in private life drawing sessions with artist Teng Nee Cheong in 1990, and then with the informal Group 90 at the LaSalle-SIA College of the Arts from 1991, Ng would meticulously craft sensitive and sensual nudes ‘executed by means of delicate lines and intricate shading… (where) coloured pencils enabled Eng Teng to render the flesh tones and to achieve a richness and delicacy of treatment… through to something freer and more profound and personal, drawing more from his feelings than with a view to anatomical accuracy.’ (Constance Sheares) Ng would attribute the inspiration for his ceramic masterpieces of this late period, the Torso-to-Face sculptures, to his life drawing.
Ng Eng Teng’s studio ceramics for sculpture or functional use would form the backbone of his artistic practice ever since his return to Singapore in 1966, where he would set up a workshop and studio in his family residence. This selection of pottery, ceramic figurines and a few small works in bronze or ciment fondu derive largely from the 70s and 80s and will represent the last gallery showing by the family.
A graduate from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1961, Ng Eng Teng pursued an industrial pottery course at North Staffordshire College of Technology, UK, and also studied studio pottery at Stoke-on-Trent School of Art (1962-63) and Farnham School of Art (1963-64). In 1981, he was conferred the prestigious Cultural Medallion and obtained an ASEAN Cultural Award for Visual Arts (Sculpture) in 1990. In 1998, the National University of Singapore conferred upon him an Honorary Doctor of Letters.