Ong Kim Seng BBM AWS DF NWS (b.1945), is an iconic Singapore artist. He was President of the Singapore Watercolor Society from 1991 to 2001. He has been an active member of the American Watercolor Society since 1990 and was the first Asian outside the U.S.A. to be awarded membership. Kim Seng was bestowed the Dolphin Fellowship of the AWS in 2000.
In 1991, he was awarded the Cultural Medallion for Visual Arts by the Ministry Of Information and the Arts, Singapore.
He has been an Art Advisor to the National Arts Council and is a Life Fellow of the National University of Singapore's Centre of the Arts. In 2004 he was the Artist-in-Residence at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute.
In 1993 his work Bhaktapur was the first Singapore watercolour painting to be auctioned by Sotheby's in Hong Kong. Kim Seng’s dedication to plein air painting is rooted in his formative years of painting outdoors with pioneer watercolorists such as the late Lim Cheng Hoe. Ong Kim Seng’s favorite subject: beauty holding strong in the face of urbanization. Each painting is a testament to Kim Seng’s commitment and dedication to his art.