Fake art more common than meets the eye; portrait of semi-nude woman passed off as work of Ong Kim Seng

Singapore artist Ong Kim Seng, a watercolourist known for his landscapes and cityscapes, says he has never done a single pastel drawing in his life.
Singapore artist Ong Kim Seng, a watercolourist known for his landscapes and cityscapes, says he has never done a single pastel drawing in his life. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A pastel on paper drawing of a semi-nude Balinese woman, signed and attributed to acclaimed Singapore artist Ong Kim Seng, was listed in a recent auction catalogue.

The portrait could well have gone under the hammer at a Masterpiece auction in Kuala Lumpur last weekend (Feb 24) but was withdrawn after Ong raised an objection.

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