Patrick Ng Kah Onn

1932 – 1989
Kuala Lumpur

1963 | British Council, Kuala Lumpur



1964 | Hammersmith College of Art, London

1966 | Wimbledon and Southlands College of Education, London


  • Patrick Ng first attracted attention when his Batik Malaysia, which illustrated Malay kampung damsels hanging their sarung on a washline, won the top prize of RM3,000 in the Manila competition.
  • He was then a clerk at the Federation Establishment Office. He was under the guidance of Peter Harris and was secretary to the Wednesday Art Group (WAG). In 1962, his painting of a violinist was presented to the Art Gallery of Victoria, Australia, as a gift from the Malaysian Government.
  • His work was also selected for the Arts of Malaysia exhibition held at the Commonwealth Institute in London in February 1966.
  • He had his first one-man show at the British Council in Kuala Lumpur in March 1963. The fifty watercolours, pastels, wax, charcoal and Indian ink were based on his visit to India that January and revealed the influence of M.F. Hussain and Jamini Roy.
  • His most well-known painting is the Spirits of the Earth, Sky and Water (1959) which was a work of oil on board.



2012 May | Henry Butcher Art Auctioneer | Collage in Blue, 1963 | mixed media collage (47cm x 74cm), RM33,000

2013 April | Henry Butcher Art Auctioneer | Dancing Couple, Undated | mixed media on paper (47.5cm x 30cm), RM44,000

2013 October | Hagelstam & Co Monthly Auction | Kesainen kylatie, Undated | oil on canvas (37cm x 60cm), RM3,359

2017 Mac | The Edge Auction | NUDE FEMALE, circa 1960s | Batik (42 x 90cm) | RM 46,452.0 0