Kids can get to know Georgette Chen, a first-generation Singapore artist, at the National Gallery Singapore’s latest interactive artwork, An Artist’s Tropical Landscape.
This new space allows children to see the world of fruit through the eyes of Georgette Chen, one of the pioneering artists in the Nanyang style of art.
Georgette Chen: A Pioneer of the Nanyang-style
Born in Zhejiang, China in 1906, Georgette Chen was the daughter of a diplomat. She was first exposed to art in the United States before studying in Paris, France.
Later, she settled in Shanghai before travelling around Asia, eventually moving to Penang, Malaysia and then Singapore in the 1950s. From 1954 to 1980, Georgette taught part-time at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. This was also an artistically significant period for her and in 1982, she received the Cultural Medallion for her contributions to visual art in Singapore.
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Her artworks included still life paintings of tropical fruits. These include works such as Still Life with Durians, Mangosteens and Rambutans and Still Life with Tropical Fruits.
An Artist’s Tropical Landscape at National Gallery Singapore
Georgette Chen’s still life artworks also provide an entryway for kids to learn more about her at National Gallery Singapore’s An Artist’s Tropical Landscape.
They can try to sketch their own still life of a fruit basket or create a digital artwork using their bodies.
To visit An Artist’s Tropical Landscape, book a timeslot in advance and be sure to abide by the Gallery’s safe distancing measures like wearing gloves when interacting with the installation.