Teng Nee Cheong

1951 - 2013


Teng Nee Cheong | 邓尔昌 (b. 1951, Singapore; d. 2013, Singapore) was known for his richly coloured oil paintings and charcoal drawings of the human figure. His earlier works were a series of decorative semi-abstract paintings of frangipani treetops.   His works reflect his fascination with Asian cultures, religions and traditions. These included Balinese mythology, Hinduism, Buddhism, Asian mural paintings and Persian miniatures. He was also inspired by the gilded Art Nouveau paintings of Austrian symbolist artist Gustav Klimt. 

Teng graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1968. As a young artist, he received a Special Award from the Ministry of Culture (1978) and the NAFA Alumni Association Creative Award (1982). Later he won the Tan Tsze Chor Art Award, Singapore Art Society (1991), and the Philip Morris Singapore Art Award (1993, 1995, 1996). 

Teng held four solo exhibitions in his lifetime – Art in Action (1980), followed by Crescent Over the Equator (1992), both in Singapore, Once Where Celestial Gods Frolicked (1998, Jakarta), and finally Those the Gods Love Grow Mightier (2010, Singapore). He also had many group exhibitions in Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, France, Holland and the United States of America. His work has been in exhibitions at the National Museum Art Gallery (1980, 1984, 1991), Le Grand Palais (Paris, 1987), the Hong Kong Arts Centre (1998) and the Tropenmuseum (Amsterdam, 1998).

Teng’s works are in the collections of Singtel, the Singapore Art Museum, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Neka Museum in Bali, Indonesia.