Founded in 1995 by Artist Chong Jit Leong, the workshop served its
initial customers along the five-foot-way
of the Clarke Street,
Clarke Quay.The workshop grew and occupied a cart along Read
Street at Clarke Quay, from 1998 - 2003.
From 2003 - 2005, the artist busked along the busy shopping belt of Orchard Road, providing portrait and caricature
sketching servicesto Singaporeans and tourists, sketching from photographs and also performed "live" sketches.
October 2005, the Artist crosses a signicant milestone. Armed with more polished skills and working with regular clientel,
Portrait Workshop now operates at China Square Food Centre at Telok Ayer Street. Operating hours are from 11am till 5pm.
Customers will get to see a wide range of portraits, caricatures and illustrations displayed at this Gallery-styled shop unit.
The workshop’s vision of delivering quality work at no compromise
has brought joy and fun to the lives of many fellowmen.
In 1995, the business operated on a single objective – To
sketch live portraits and caricatures for tourist and fun-goers.
However, many see this work of art as a great gift idea and sketches
from photographs became very popular.
Pictures are painted for loved
ones on Valentines, Christmas or birthdays. It became parting gifts
for some to keep as momentos.
In recents years many companies (e.g. Microsoft, Mont Blanc) also
engage skillsof the artist to liven their yearly monotonous events
like the annual dinners, product launch functions and sales events. Portrait Workshop also branched
out to graphic firms and
publishing companies providing illustrations
by hand and by computer art.
The workshop has thrived to what it is today. Its vision of providing
quality artwork to everyone who steps into the portrait workshop
The artist Chong Jit Leong is born in 1972 in Sungei Lembing, Pahang,
West Malaysia. At the age of 11, he travelled to Singapore
of a better future academically.
In 1995, he graduated from the National University of Singapore
(NUS) with a Bachelor in Architecture Studies.
Armed with a passion
for portraiture and art, he did not practise to become an architect.
Instead, he pursued his dream of making art his living and delivered
Portrait Workshop in 1995.
There was no formal training in portraiture and caricature.
2 years of Art lessons during his junior college days and continuous
hardwork, polishing his drawing skills.
He also worked hard at cross referencing with other artists.