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  • Self portrait

    Arts · Chen, Georgette, 1907-1993
    Portrait painting is another genre Chen was noted for. This self-portrait is a close-up, full-sized and hauntlngly-real likeness of herself. It shows a sense of cool detachment achieved through minimal lines which delineate the contours of the face and hair, meagre use of colours to differentiate shades of facial complexion and...
  • Autumn warmth

    Arts · Yeo, Thomas, 1936-
    Autumn warmth expresses Yeo’s lifelong fascination with nature, and more formal panoramic landscapes like this enable the artist to ‘escape’ from urban living. It takes him away from the confines of the city, enabling him to re-experience his travels. This work is part of the Singapore Art Museum Collection. Physical dimensions of...
  • Pyramid

    Arts · Wee, Beng-Chong, 1938-
    This work demonstrates Wee’s versatility in working across a number of art media and styles. The Great Sphinx of Giza is depicted in a cubist idiom. Three figures represented in the foreground accentuate the scale of the Sphinx. Using muted tones of brown, the work captures the distinct environment of...
  • Moon Festival table

    Arts · Chen, Georgette, 1907-1993
    This painting of paper lanterns and festive goodies of the Moon Festival belies the conscious and careful efforts Chen put into her choice of objects, their composition and colour scheme. The work is a formal and yet unpretentious arrangement of festive goods, in reds and greens, against a simple, pale...
  • Still life with cut apple and orange

    Arts · Chen, Georgette, 1907-1993
    This is an excellent example of the earlier works of Georgette Chen characterised by heavy brush strokes and texture. It reveals some influence by the 19th century French artist, Paul Cezanne. She combines the use of dynamic brush strokes with dark, heavy tones to suggest volume and texture. The fruits...
  • Georgette Chen : headshot

    Personalities · Foo, Eric Chee Meng
    This is a headshot of Georgette Chen nee Chang Li Ying (b. 1906, Zejiang Province, China - d. 15 March 1993, Singapore). She is considered one of a group of artists to have established the Nanyang style of painting. She is most known for her still life and portraits in...
  • River Seine (France)

    Arts · Lim, Tze Peng, 1923-
    Completed during an art residency in Paris in 2000, the work demonstrates an impressionistic rendition of the famous River Seine in Paris, France. Hue and tonal contrast are handled competently using a limited colour palette. Lim captures the landmark cathedral Notre Dame de Paris in the background, a perennial subject...
  • East Coast vendor

    Arts · Chen, Georgette, 1907-1993
    Chen was well-traveled and often painted the people she met and places she visited. Around 1960-61, Chen went on a painting trip to the east coast of Malaysia. East Coast Vendor depicts a Malaysian rambutan seller with two children, dressed in colourful local costume. Bathed in strong tropical sunlight, the...
  • Painting 1979

    Arts · Wee, Beng-Chong, 1938-
    In this work, Wee relies on the deliberate placement of lines and coloured areas to attain a range of responses from viewers. Areas of colours are delineated on the picture surface with sharpness and clarity. His paint application is non-gestural and impersonal. The work demonstrates Wee’s preference for hard-edge painting...
  • Singapore River

    Arts · Lim, Tze Peng, 1923-
    River bumboats are a long-standing subject in Lim’s paintings of the Singapore River, their presence filling each picture with symbolic and historical meanings. Impressionistically handled, Lim employs warm and vibrant colours such as red and green rendered in bold strokes, successfully creating a dynamic and joyous feel to the en...
  • Banyan tree

    Arts · Lim, Tze Peng, 1923-
    The tree is a recurring subject matter in Lim’s oeuvre. His encounters with large trees took place mainly during his painting expeditions overseas. Rendered expressively through a variety of bold and vigorous brushstrokes, the work demonstrates Lim’s versatility in both western oil and Chinese ink media. This work with ink and...
  • Singapore waterfront

    Arts · Chen, Georgette, 1907-1993
    One of several paintings Chen did of the Singapore River, this work shows bumboats against a backdrop of shophouses. The painting shows Chen’s analytical skill and objective handling of different surfaces with different brushstrokes - employing broken lines for waves, light, sensuous, pointillist touch of the brush to reveal the...
  • Junction : Circular Road and Canton Road

    Arts · Lim, Tze Peng, 1923-
    Having begun to paint the street-level activities in the picture, Lim decided to leave the painting unfinished. In doing so, he draws an analogy between a shophouse with closed shutters and the larger context of urban re-development around the Chinatown and Singapore River areas in the 1970s and 1980s. This work...
  • Life is hard

    Arts · Ng, Eng Teng, 1934-2001
    Life is Hard, using the medium of oil on board, is significant of Ng’s beginning as a painter under Georgette Chen’s guidance at NAFA. It provides insight into Ng’s aptitude as a painter, and is a pertinent example of his constant interest in the human figure, as well as the...