On 18 August
1969, 13 young watercolour enthusiasts founded the Singapore Watercolour
Society (SWS). They are:
SWS was formed
by the passion of the founding members for the watercolour medium.
The Societys activities and programmes correspond directly
to its objectives. (Hyperlink to Objectives page) SWS achievements
and affiliation had brought the Society to the international scene.
And as one of the most active art groups in Singapore, SWSs
contribution to the growth and development of watercolour painting
in Singapore plays a significant role.
Mr. Ong Kim
Seng had taken Singapore on the world map of excellence in watercolour
painting. With his achievements as a professional painter, the tradition
of Singaporean watercolour painting was viewed internationally.
As SWS joined the Asian Watercolour Confederation in 1994 and hosted
the Asian Watercolour Confederation Exhibition in 1997, SWS reputation
is widely recognized. The Asian Watercolours 97, held at the
Tourism Court, the premises of the Singapore Tourism Board attracted
over 174 paintings by artists over 13 Asian countries. Among them
are the works by 57 SWS members. Later, SWS had been invited to
take part in various regional and international events. This includes
The Asia-Pacific Watercolour Painting Exhibition, Flemish Watercolour
Days and many others.
In 1995 when
SWS celebrated its 25th anniversary at the former Empress Place
Museum, President Ong Teng Cheong selected 70 works for the Presidents
Charity Art Exhibition. The Presidents Watercolour Selections
displayed the quality and range of works by local Singaporean artists.
This exhibition that was held in Suntec City, indeed took the Singapore
art scene into a wider dimension.
SWS moved to
Telok Kurau Studios in 1997. There, many visiting artists came to
give talks. They include Mr. Chee Cheng-Khee of the United States,
Mr. David Keys from Autralia and Mr Thurman Hewitt, the President
of the World Watercolor Society in San Diego, United States.
of SWS are constantly pursued. In 1992, a formal Membership Committee
was set-up to select members into the society. This is aimed at
maintaining the high standards of transparent watercolour painting
practiced by SWS members. By the year 2000, over 80 professional
watercolourists had associated themselves with SWS.
to vision, SWS was founded. From international recognition and achievements
to commitment, the tradition of watercolour painting beats in the
heart of SWS. From majestic landscapes to secret scenes, the founding
members experiences live on, in water and colour.
- To transfer
the tradition of Singapore watercolour painting from one generation
to the next.
- To create
an environment where professional watercolourists can exchange
ideas and foster better relationships.
- To support
watercolourists in their adventure in experimenting new techniques
- To promote
the use of the watercolour medium in Singapore.