In 1961, he embarked on a 2-year tour to Europe, to familiarize himself with the developing contemporary art movement. There
broke away from traditional forms of presentation and turned toward abstraction. He also monochromatic for a while, purging all the colors.
A trip to Guilin, China, in 1979 resulted in a return to traditional ink painting, but within a frame format, instead of a scroll one. Early on, in the 1950s, the artist had challenged the pictorial convention of the hanging scroll format, which emphasizes a space continuum between the foreground, middle ground and background. He used the near and far banks as horizontal axes to frame the picture, with the middle ground holding the composition together using mainly grid-like lines, Mr. Seng said.
His works have been categorised into different stages of experimentation; beginning with the oil in impasto effects from 1948 to 1959, Chinese ink on rice paper from 1960 to 1963, oil with new effects from 1963 to 1968, abstraction from 1968 to 1970, mixed media sculptures and porcelain work from 1970 to 1972, abstraction continued from 1972- 1979, oil with new effects from 1975- 1983, Chinese ink with new effects in 1979, painting on tiles and porcelain from 1982- 1983, and Chinese traditional medium on cotton in 1983. The exhibition present a selection of 33 paintings, dated from 1960 to 1982. If you want to read more about this artist, I wrote this story in the
IHT last year.