Wong Keen’s critically acclaimed Flesh Series provides audience a glimpse into the artist’s unique and ever-evolving visual language, which encompasses oil, ink, acrylic, collage and mixed media works.


The New York-trained artist first embarked on the visual discourse of flesh and meat during an artist residency in Beijing with Galerie Urs Meile in the summer of 2012. His dynamic exploration on the subject has since evolved into a magnificent series characterised by highly stylised images of the burger, the butcher shop, and the nude, which he dramatises through various strategies and mediums. The treatment of human flesh as synonymous with animal flesh manifests as a recurring motif through which he could constantly reinvent forms and techniques to synthesise his formal explorations of two different subjects: the nude and the meat. His paint handling techniques have been refined to convey the structural expression of meat — colour, texture, density — and his composition often aims at a liberation of objects and meanings from familiar contexts.


Wong Keen (b. 1942, Singapore) grew up in a Chinese literati environment and studied drawing and painting at an early age. He was an acclaimed teenage artist in the early Singapore art scene and held his first solo exhibition at age 19. In 1961, Wong Keen travelled to America to study at the Art Students League of New York, making him the first Singaporean and among the earliest of Chinese artists to venture into the flourished post-war American art scene — then the most avant-garde art centre in the world.

Having spent over fifty years in the US, Wong Keen registered a plethora of artistic influences in the fast-paced American art scene. His pictorial language is a powerful embodiment of the elegant expressivity of Chinese ink wash aesthetics and Western inventive approach towards form and colour. In 2007, the Singapore Art Museum celebrated Wong Keen’s masterful repertoire with the solo exhibition, Wong Keen: A Singapore Abstract Expressionist. Wong Keen’s work is held in a number of private and public collections, including the National Museum of China, Minnesota State University Art Museum, Albright Knox Art Gallery, New York, Singapore Art Museum, Resorts World Sentosa and the Fullerton Hotel.

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The Meat Stall

2018

Acrylic on canvas

214 x 305 cm

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The Meat Stall

2018

Acrylic on canvas

214 x 305 cm

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The Butcher's Wife

2018

Acrylic on canvas

121 x 161 cm

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The Butcher's Wife

2018

Acrylic on canvas

121 x 161 cm

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Untitled I

2015

Acrylic and charcoal on paper

59 x 79 cm

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Untitled I

2015

Acrylic and charcoal on paper

59 x 79 cm

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Untitled II

2015

Acrylic and charcoal on paper

59 x 79 cm

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Untitled II

2015

Acrylic and charcoal on paper

59 x 79 cm

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Becoming a Hamburger

2017

Acrylic on paper

110 x 64 cm

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Becoming a Hamburger

2017

Acrylic on paper

110 x 64 cm

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To Fry or Not to Fry II

2018

Acrylic on canvas

147.5 x 115 cm

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To Fry or Not to Fry II

2018

Acrylic on canvas

147.5 x 115 cm

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To Fry or Not to Fry I

2018

Acrylic on canvas

147.5 x 115 cm

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To Fry or Not to Fry I

2018

Acrylic on canvas

147.5 x 115 cm

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Meat Burger

2018

Acrylic on paper

55 x 63 cm

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Meat Burger

2018

Acrylic on paper

55 x 63 cm

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Flamed Burger

2018

Acrylic on paper

55 x 64 cm

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Flamed Burger

2018

Acrylic on paper

55 x 64 cm

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Black Burger

2018

Acrylic on paper

64 x 55 cm

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Black Burger

2018

Acrylic on paper

64 x 55 cm

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Orange Burger

2018

Acrylic on paper

54 x 64 cm

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Orange Burger

2018

Acrylic on paper

54 x 64 cm

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Fast Burger I

2018

Acrylic on paper

55 x 63 cm

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Fast Burger I

2018

Acrylic on paper

55 x 63 cm

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Fast Burger II

2018

Acrylic on paper

55 x 64 cm

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Fast Burger II

2018

Acrylic on paper

55 x 64 cm

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Disappointing

2018

Mixed media

93 x 63 cm

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Disappointing

2018

Mixed media

93 x 63 cm

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Nice Meat

2018

Mixed media

63 x 93 cm

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Nice Meat

2018

Mixed media

63 x 93 cm

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Ready to Go

2018

Mixed media

93 x 63 cm

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Ready to Go

2018

Mixed media

93 x 63 cm

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Sizzling

2018

Mixed media

93 x 63 cm

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Sizzling

2018

Mixed media

93 x 63 cm

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Red Dawn

2018

Mixed media (Collage)

107 x 90 cm

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Red Dawn

2018

Mixed media (Collage)

107 x 90 cm

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The Butcher's Shop in Beijing

2017

Acrylic on canvas

183 x 244.5 cm

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The Butcher's Shop in Beijing

2017

Acrylic on canvas

183 x 244.5 cm

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Until then, it's a Burger

2016

Acrylic on canvas

180 x 180 cm

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Until then, it's a Burger

2016

Acrylic on canvas

180 x 180 cm

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Flesh at Rest

2017

Acrylic on canvas

152 x 214 cm

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Flesh at Rest

2017

Acrylic on canvas

152 x 214 cm

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