Part Two shifts the focus to the current prints and paintings of Wong Mei Sheong and Jimmy Ong. Whilst Part One introduced works by both artists during the 1980s – a momentous period for contemporary art in Singapore – Part Two tracks their artistic development as they ventured overseas. Residing and working outside Singapore, their ‘outsider’ status is compounded by temporary ‘returns’ and re-orientations.
Wong Mei Sheong (b. 1959, Singapore)
Wong Mei Sheonggraduated from the University of Western Australia (1980), majoring in literature and philosophy. In 1981‐86, she studied fine art at l’EcoleNationaleSuperieure des Beaux Arts, Paris. She completed a Master of Arts in Environmental Studies (1995), University of Adelaide. From 1995, she resumed visual art studies at Adelaide Central School of Art; the Centre for Creative Photography, 2003‐4; and majored in printmaking at Adelaide College of the Arts, 2006‐10.
Jimmy Ong (b. 1964, Singapore)
Jimmy Ongstudied at the Center for Creative Studies in Detrioit, Michigan (1984), where he was awarded an Alliance of Independent Colleges of Arts Scholarship. In the same year, he held his first solo exhibition, ‘The Drawings of Jimmy Ong’ at Alliance Française in Singapore. In 1988, he continued his studies at Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy, where he awarded his second scholarship, the Anna K Meredith Scholarship. From 1989 – 1992, he finished his studies at the Pennyslyvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia.
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