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Georgette Chen 張荔英

Georgette Chen (1906–1993) plays a pivotal role in the development of modern art in Singapore, both as an artist and as a teacher. Chen was born in Zhejiang, China, and studied art at academies in Paris and New York. She has had solo shows and yearly salon exhibitions in Paris, Shanghai, New York, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur.
Local and global battles defined most of Chen’s life, including the Chinese Revolutions of 1911 and 1949, as well as World Wars I and II. Despite the upheavals, she remained committed to her work as an artist.
Chen moved to Malaya in the post-war period and settled in Singapore in 1953, where she created a name for herself as a painter and teacher. She was an important voice in the art community for almost three decades, working at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts as a mentor and supporter of other artists.

This exhibition spans two galleries, and starts with Chen’s time in Malaya and Singapore, where she painted her most emblematic works. Declaring Malaya “a paradise for the artist,” Chen revelled in the beauty and variety of the region. The second part of the exhibition explores Chen’s early years, her academic training, and the increasing recognition she gained as a professional artist exhibiting her work around the world. A rare opportunity to encounter the range of Chen’s practice over five decades and three continents, this exhibition critically re-examines her unique contributions to the artistic landscape of her time.




Asia Art Collective is an art advisory and consultancy specialised in Singaporean and Asian modern and contemporary art. Professional art services include providing clients with art advice on artwork purchase and sale, artwork valuation and assessment, art acquisition and collection planning, art sale and brokerage, as well as art commissioning and artwork sourcing. Asia Art Collective seeks to promote a culture of art appreciation and art acquisition and collection for Singapore art, and modern and contemporary Asian art through its diverse and rotating art exhibitions and art appreciation programmes, courses and talks. Enquire with Asia Art Collective for advice and support on your art-collecting journey.

Contact Curator: Iola Liu (92398226)


亚洲艺汇有限公司(Asia Art Collective Pte Ltd )是新加坡专业的艺术品咨询顾问公司,公司的服务是为艺术收藏提供指导,制定策划购买艺术品方向,帮助藏家评估、分析艺术品市场价位、未来的市场走势。在选择艺术品方面,即要帮助藏家找到自己酷爱心怡的作品,同时也把艺术品列为藏家资产扩充的规划中,并且负责跟踪艺术品的买与卖。同时也提供新加坡艺术品量身定制服务

策展人:Iola Liu (92398226)

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