Artist: Ng Keng Seng, (b.1954, Singapore)
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size (cm): 132.0 x 112.5 cm
When Steps won the competition in 1985, the judges called it “a credit to Singapore art.” The simple, graphic treatment of the red railings in this painting belies the keen observation and detail in a typical public housing estate in the distance.
In his measured methodical painting style, Mr Ng draws our attention to things we neglect to notice – the ubiquitous staircase in a block of public flats. His handling of the bright railings provides visual accent, symmetry and rhythm to the composition.