Ong Hwee Yen

Artist Statement

"Painting is my second wanderlust... breaking me free to realms where my footsteps dare not thread."

Yen paints landscapes, scenes, inspired by travels, dreams, in an impressionist style, characterized by strong colours and organic forms, with leanings towards surrealist expressionism and recently, abstractism. As a child, she harboured thoughts of being an artist but given the prevailing typical Singaporean parent sentiment at the time, she went the conventional route and maintained her penchant for creativity, from music composition to travel photography and writing and eventually back to the active exploration of art in 2005. Her favourite artists are Cezanne, Edvard Munch, Van Gogh, Chagall and Kandisky, and their post-impressionist modernist influences come through in her artwork.

Largely self-taught, Yen gained much from attending art workshops and interaction with experienced art practioners, from studying art history and the journey of masters, learning from their works and techniques. Increasingly, it is everyday life that is the teacher - places, people, things that move her into translating those feelings on canvas.


  • 2019: "ENSEMBLE: coming out into Abstraction" group exhibition - The Arts House
  • 2018: "DREAMembrance" art exhibition - That Spare Room
  • 2017: "Artscape" 1st ed - SOTA Gallery
  • 2016: "Sudah Makan? (Have you eaten?)" group exhibition - Fullerton Hotel
  • 2016: "Art Apart Fair" 7th ed - Parkroyal Hotel
  • 2015: "Mosaic" group exhibition - Volvo Art Loft
  • 2014: "Exchange" group exhibition - MyArtSpace
  • 2012: "Bridging Cultures" opening exhibition - Rosella Gallery
  • 2012: "Spain Camino Series" solo exhibition - Bilbao Restaurant
  • 2010: "Colours with Passion" group exhibition - Tembusu Art Gallery
  • 2010: "Breakthrough" group exhibition - Fill Your Walls Gallery
  • 2009: "Alfreso Art Fair" - Clifford Square
  • 2009: "6 PerspectEVEs" group exhibition - The Art Loft @ Volvo


  • 2011: "International Contemporary Artists Vol III" - I.C.A. Publishing


  • 2018: Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Certificate in Western Abstract Painting)

Once upon a time
Once upon a time, Oil on canvas, 51×76cm

Untitled 4 (Magic Forest)_2015
Untitled 4 (Magic Forest)_2015, Acrylic on canvas, 76×76cm

Untitled 1 (Girl & Dog)_2015
Untitled 1 (Girl & Dog)_2015, Acrylic on canvas, 76×76cm

The Lost Station (tanjong pagar railway)_2018
The Lost Station (tanjong pagar railway)_2018, Oil on canvas, 76×60cm

Lau Pa Sat (telok ayer market)_2018
Lau Pa Sat (telok ayer market)_2018, Oil on canvas, 76×60cm

Journey To Town (geylang serai)_2018
Journey To Town (geylang serai)_2018, Oil on canvas, 76×102cm

Homesick II (New York)_2016
Homesick II (New York)_2016, Acrylic on canvas, 76×76cm

Homesick I (London)_2016
Homesick I (London)_2016, Acrylic on canvas, 76×76cm

Chinatown Blues (teck lim rd)_2018
Chinatown Blues (teck lim rd)_2018, Oil on canvas, 76×60cm

Exhibitions and Events — Archives

Affordable Art Fair Singapore — 2017 Studio Fine Art gallery featured six local artists at AAF.

Faith, Love and Hope — 4 May, 2018. Charity Exhibition at Assisi Hospice, 832 Thompson Road, Singapore.

World Art Dubai — 18 to 21 April, 2018

Affordable Art Fair Singapore — 2021 Studio Fine Art gallery to feature six local artists at AAF 2021.


Venue: Studio


Sangeeta Charan,
Studio: 47, Jalan Pemimpin, #06-03,Halcyon 2, Singapore 577200

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