Clarke Quay at Dawn
MG Kumar, ‘Boat Quay at Dawn’, 2022, Oil on Canvas, 35 x 47 in
‘Who are those you reach to hold? Do you quiver with their sighs? From land, you trace slivers of living in broad rivers and streams.’ – Singapore River, 1962 by Heng Siok Tan
As the birthplace of entrepot trade, Boat Quay has indeed witnessed the dawning of Singapore's modern commerce. Traders from all corners of the globe have walked upon her shores, bringing spice and textile. Receiving them with open arms, Boat Quay has ushered in an age of vibrance, vivacity and voluptuousness. These tales from the dawn of Singapore's maritime commerce are beautifully captured on canvas in this timeless painting by MG Kumar.