Jimmy Ong 王文清

Singaporean, b. 1964

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Jimmy Ong 王文清

Singaporean, b. 1964

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Jimmy Ong considers drawing a form of spiritual practice, and his works are deeply influenced by Buddhism. Human figures are the primary subject and interest of Ong’s large-scale charcoal drawings, with family relationships a common theme, often apparent in the titles if not the image itself. Frequently Ong’s works are sexually suggestive and comment on traditional gender roles and the ongoing controversies surrounding policies about homosexuality in Singapore. More recently, he has been working on a series of works based on narratives from the ancient Indian epic Ramayana.

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Jimmy Ong considers drawing a form of spiritual practice, and his works are deeply influenced by Buddhism. Human figures are the primary subject and interest of Ong’s large-scale charcoal drawings, with family relationships a common theme, often apparent in the titles if not the image itself. Frequently Ong’s works are sexually suggestive and comment on traditional gender roles and the ongoing controversies surrounding policies about homosexuality in Singapore. More recently, he has been working on a series of works based on narratives from the ancient Indian epic Ramayana.

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