Ng Eng Teng



Ng Eng Teng (b. 12 July 1934, Singapore–d. 4 November 2001, Singapore)1 was a sculptor and winner of the Cultural Medallion in visual arts in 1981.2 He learned painting under first-generation masters such as Georgette Chen and Liu Kang, and furthered his studies in ceramics in England.3 Returning to Singapore in 1966, Ng maintained a prolific production throughout his career until his death in November 2001.4 One of the most renowned artists in Singapore,5 he is remembered for his large-scale sculptures gracing many public spaces as well as his introspective and whimsical interpretations of humanist themes in three-dimension.6

Ng was concerned with the welfare of society and participated in charity exhibitions and programmes for inmates.7 His belief in education and free creation led him to donate the bulk of his works – such as sketches, paintings and maquettes – to the NUS Museum at the National University of Singapore.8 Ng was instrumental in the development of the fine arts in Singapore through his art, his person and his participation at various levels of the artistic arena as advisor, judge and observer.

Education10
1955:
Painting and sculpture, British Council, Singapore.

1956: Fine arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), Singapore (discontinued after a few months due to illness).
1958: Private study under Liu Kang.
1959–61: Painting, NAFA, Singapore / Private study under Chen Chong Swee, Georgette Chen, Chen Wen Hsi and Cheong Soo Pieng.
1962–63: Ceramics, North Staffordshire College of Technology, Stoke-on-Trent School of Art, England.
1963–64: Studio pottery, Farnham School of Art, England.

Employment11
1958:
Trainee-artist, Shaw Brothers, Fortune Advertising.

1964–66: Resident designer, Carrigaline Pottery, Ireland.

Solo exhibitions
1970: Painting, Drawing, Sculpture and Pottery, National Library, Singapore.12
1972: Painting, Drawing, Sculpture and Pottery, National Library, Singapore.
1976: Sculpture and Pottery, East and West Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia.
1985: Sculpture and Pottery, Alpha Gallery, Singapore.
1988: Sculpture, Gomboc Gallery, Western Australia.
1989: Sculpture, East and West Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia.13
1991: Sculpture in Singapore, National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore / Sculpture, The National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore.14

Selected group exhibitions
1962: Joint sculpture and painting exhibition with Katherine Schmidt, National Library, Singapore.15
1967: First sculpture exhibition, National Library, Singapore.
1969: ASTA Convention Exhibition, Contemporary Sculpture Centre, Tokyo, Japan.
1972: Adelaide Art Festival, Lidums Art Gallery, Adelaide, Australia.
1976: Inaugural Exhibition, National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore.
1985: International Ceramics Exhibition, Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan/ Second Contemporary Asian Art Show, Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan.16
1986: Contemporary Asian Art Show, Museum of Modern Art, Seoul, Korea.
1988: World Invitation Open Air Sculpture Exhibition, Seoul, Korea.17
1993: Art in Asia, World Trade Centre, Singapore.18
1994: Singapore Showcase, World Trade Centre, Singapore.19

Selected commissions20
1971: “Asian Symphony”, Garden Hotel, Singapore.
1971: “Pipes and Petals” (Industrial Growth and Economic Prosperity), Esso Asia Services Inc, Singapore.
1974: “Miss Wealth and Miss Contentment”, Development Bank of Singapore, Singapore.
1980: “Mother and Child III”, Orchard Centre Holdings Pte Ltd, Singapore.
1982: “Balance”, Ministry of Culture for First ASEAN Sculpture Symposium, Singapore.
1984: “Spirit of Man I and II”, Changi International Airport, Terminal 1, Singapore.
1988: “Portrait”, Seoul Olympics Organising Committee, Republic of  Korea.
1999: “The Explorer”, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore.

Selected awards and achievements
1961:
Gold Medal, Tagore Centenary Open Painting Competition.21

1974: Pingat Apad Award, Singapore.22
1981: Cultural Medallion (Visual Arts), Singapore / Medal for Sculpture, Tan Tsze Chor Art Award, Singapore Art Society.23
1990: ASEAN Cultural Award for Visual Arts (Sculpture).24
1998: Honorary Doctor of Letters, National University of Singapore, Singapore.25
1999: Public Service Star, National Day Awards, Singapore.26
2001: Montblanc Patron of the Arts Award, Singapore.27

Other activities related to art
1959:
 Meets Jean Bullock who was instrumental in shaping his interest in sculpture; begins to use ciment fondu, a material employed throughout his practice.28

1972: Participates as a member of the ASEAN Art Exhibition organising committee.29
1997: Donates 760 artworks to NUS Museum.30
1998: Donates 173 artworks to NUS Museum. The Ng Eng Teng Gallery, NUS Museum, opens.31
2001: Donates 162 artworks to NUS Museum.32



Author

Yin Ker




References
1. Sabapathy, T. K. (1998). Ng Eng Teng: Art and thoughts. Singapore: NUS Museums, National University of Singapore, p. 290. (Call no.: RSING 730.95957 NGE); Local sculptor Ng Eng Teng dies aged 67. (2001, November 6). The Business Times, p. 7. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
2. Koh, T. T. B. (Ed.). (2006). Singapore: The encyclopedia. Singapore: Editions Didier Millet in association with National Heritage Board, p. 382. (Call no.: RSING 959.57003 SIN-[HIS]); Six artistes to get cultural awards at Istana. (1981, September 6). The Straits Times, p. 11. Retrieved from NewspaperSG; Sabapathy, T. K. (1991). Change: 20 Singapore artists: A decade of their work. Singapore: P. Mowe, p. 27. (Call no.: RSING 709.5957 CHA)
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6. Sabapathy, T. K. (1991). Sculpture in Singapore. Singapore: National Museum, pp. 12, 43–46. (Call no.: RSING 730.95957 SAB); Sheares, C. (1999). Bodies transformed, Ng Eng Teng in the nineties. Singapore: NUS Museums, National University of Singapore, pp. 11, 15. (Call no.: RSING 730.95957 SHE); Koh, T. T. B. (Ed.). (2006). Singapore: The encyclopedia. Singapore: Editions Didier Millet in association with National Heritage Board, p. 382. (Call no.: RSING 959.57003 SIN-[HIS]); Singapore artists. (1982). Singapore: Singapore Cultural Foundation & Federal Publications, p. 30. (Call no.: RSING 759.95957 SIN); Lim, R. (Ed.). (1990). Singapore artists speak. Singapore: C. H. Yeo, p. 248. (Call no.: RSING 709.5957 SIN)
7. Leong, W. K. (2001, November 11). Sculptor who shaped lives. The Straits Times, p. 4. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
8. Sabapathy, T. K. (2003). Configuring the body: Form and tenor in Ng Eng Teng’s art. Singapore: NUS Museums, National University of Singapore, p. 1. (Call no.: RSING 730.95957 SAB)
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17. Singapore artist directory. (1993). Singapore: Empress Place Museum, p. 184. (Call no.: RSING 709.59570922 SAD-[DIR])
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22. Singapore artist directory. (1993). Singapore: Empress Place Museum, p. 184. (Call no.: RSING 709.59570922 SAD-[DIR]); Singapore artists directory. (1987). Singapore: Prime Prints Pte Ltd, p. 81. (Call no.: RSING 709.59570922 SIN-[DIR])
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30. Ng Eng Teng: An annotated bibliography. (2001). Singapore: NUS Museums, National University of Singapore, p. iv. (Call no.: RSING q016.73095957 NG-[LIB])
31. Sheares, C. (1999). Bodies transformed, Ng Eng Teng in the nineties. Singapore: NUS Museums, National University of Singapore, p. 9. (Call no.: RSING 730.95957 SHE); Sabapathy, T. K. (2003). Configuring the body: Form and tenor in Ng Eng Teng’s art. Singapore: NUS Museums, National University of Singapore, p. 1. (Call no.: RSING 730.95957 SAB); Kelly, K. (2001). The extraordinary museums of Southeast Asia. New York: Harry N. Abrams, p. 75. (Call no.: RSING 069.20959 KEL)
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Further resources
A salute to Singapore. (1984). Singapore: Times of Singapore, p. 172.

(Call no.: RSING 779.995957 SAL)

Purushothaman, V. (Ed.). (2002). Narratives: Notes on a cultural journey: Cultural medallion recipients 1979–2001. Singapore: National Arts Council.
(Call no.: RSING 700.95957 NAR)



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Ng, Eng Teng, 1934-2001--Biography
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Painters--Singapore--Biography
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Award winners--Singapore--Biography
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