NAFA alumnus, Peh Eng Seng
Chinese watercolour painter Peh Eng Seng (78 years old) manages to vividly capture the intricate play of light and shadow in his works. "Street of Nepal" (2016) depicts Kathmandu’s streets. He adds his own flourishes to the scene, infusing the entire work with warmth. At that time, Peh and his wife had found a spot not too far away and started to paint. Husband and wife stayed in Kathmandu for a year, completing more than 10 paintings.
Painting on the spot can take up hours, if not a day or two. If the work is not completed, Peh will return to the same place at the same time and continue his painting. His wife was a classmate of his at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, who is an artist as well. Together, they painted and sketched to pass the time. Their works have not been displayed before.
Peh is said to be the typical representative of the second generation of pioneer painters, as he embarked on the artistic journey based on passion. He had humble beginnings: he grew up in the village of Paya Lebar and his father had died when he was young. As his family was poor, and he had to work part-time while studying at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.
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