“Painting is my second wanderlust..
breaking me free to realms where my footsteps dare not tread. ”
I paint landscapes, scenes, inspired by travels, dreams, in an impressionist style, characterized by strong colours and organic forms, with leanings towards surrealist expressionism and abstractism. As a child, I harboured thoughts of being an artist but given the prevailing typical Singaporean parent sentiment at the time, I went the conventional route and maintained my penchant for creativity, from music composition to travel photography and writing and eventually back to the active exploration of art in 2005. My favourite artists are Cezanne, Edvard Munch, Van Gogh, Chagall and Kandisky, and their post-impressionist modernist influences come through in my artwork.
Largely self-taught, I gained much from attending art workshops and interaction with experienced art practitioners, 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 me into translating those feelings on canvas - especially in the world now where each day and its littlest things are the essence of life itself to be treasured.
2022 - "Affordable Art Fair" Singapore 2022 - F1 Pit Building
2022 ~ "Methods of Abstraction; The Exquisite Discernibles & Inedible Marks" group exhibition - One East Asia (virtual)
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)
Art Apart Fair 7th ed, Parkroyal Hotel (2016) & Showcase at Novena Mt Elizabeth Medical ENT Specialist Centre (2017)
Featured "Impressionism with no labels: Untitled series by Ong Hwee Yen" on Naorococo, an art news portal. 19 May 2016.
"Spain Camino Series" Exhibition, Bilbao Restaurant (2012), "Bridging Cultures" Exhibition, Rosella Gallery (2012), "Art In The Park" Exhibition, Galeri Utama (2012) & Showcase at Novena Mt Elizabeth Medical ENT Specialist Centre (2015).
Featured in International Contemporary Artists Vol III (2011) by I.C.A. Publishing, in Singapore Art Gallery Guide Nov 2011 Issue & in an interview by Straits Times, Life section (2012).
Ubin Nparks Exhibition, Pulau Ubin (2019), "Heritage, Nature and the Beauty of Pulau Ubin", MyArtSpace (2019) & Kluang Old Street Exhibition, Kluang Malaysia (2018)