Constantly inspired by the human figure, Singaporean artist Ng Eng Teng is best known for his monumental sculptural works, which can be found in numerous public spaces around Singapore. Ng was trained in Western drawing and painting at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts under pioneer artists Chen Chong Swee, Georgette Chen, Chen Wen Hsi and Cheong Soo Pieng. Ng explored the possibilities of sculptural forms and incorporated them into his creative practice. With the encouragement from his teacher, Georgette Chen, Ng furthered his studies in sculptural art overseas in the 1960s. Upon his return to Singapore in 1966, he established a ceramic workshop and taught pottery in his home and studio. Ng passed away in 2001.
This sketch mainly was likely completed during a live drawing session organised by art society Group 90 in the 1990s. Nude exemplifies Ng’s advanced drawing technique and understanding of the human form. Using only coloured pencils, Ng meticulously rendered the model’s flesh, employing delicate lines to reflect her calm composure. Engaging in figure drawings is a valuable practice for artists before they begin sculptural and ceramic works of people.