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SINGAPORE

Georgette Chen

Janis Tan Meng Kiat

GEORGETTE CHEN, The Punjabi Man (The White Turban), c. 1958, oil on canvas, 61 x 50 cm.

Georgette Chen (1906-94) is a familiar name among the art community in Singapore. She joins the ranks of four male artists (Liu Kang, Cheong Soo Pieng, Chen Wen Hsi, Chen Chong Swee and Lim Cheng Hoe) heralded as pioneer artists in Singapore. A series of annual exhibitions was held at the National Museum in the 1980s in recognition of these artists' efforts in developing a thriving local art sceneā€¦

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