A graduate from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1961, Ng Eng Teng pursued an industrial pottery course at North Staffordshire College of Technology, UK (1962-63) and also studied studio pottery at Stoke-on-Trent School of Art (1962-63) and Farnham School of Art (1963-64). He then worked as a residential designer at Carrigaline Pottery Company, Ireland, between 1964 and 1966, before returning to Singapore to set up his workshop and studio in 1966.
His first one-man show of sculpture, painting and ceramics was in 1970, and he has since been commissioned for several monumental public sculptures, including Changi Airport Terminal I and the Singapore Art Museum. He has participated in the Adelaide Arts Festival (1972), the inaugural show of the National Museum Art Gallery (1976), the First ASEAN Sculpture Symposium at Fort Canning Hill (1981), the International Ceramics Exhibition at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum (1985) and World Invitation Open Air Sculpture Exhibition in Seoul (1988).
In 1981, he was conferred the prestigious Cultural Medallion by the Government of Singapore and obtained an ASEAN Cultural Award for Visual Arts (Sculpture) in 1990. In recognition of Ng Eng Teng's significant contribution to the intellectual and cultural life of the National University of Singapore, he was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Letters in 1998. Three substantial donations by the artist, the last just before his untimely death in 2001, form the nexus of the Ng Eng Teng Gallery at NUS Museums, the most comprehensive collection of works by a single artist in Singapore.
Dates: 29 Mar 2012 - 12 Apr 2012