Georgette Chen

October 1906 - Mar 15, 1993

Georgette Liying Chendana Chen, born Chang Li Ying and more commonly known as Georgette Chen, was a first-generation Singaporean painter and one of the pioneers of the Nanyang style of art. A key figure in the development of modern art in Singapore, Chen is known for her oil paintings and contributions to art education as a teacher at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts from 1954 to 1981. Prior to being based in Malaya and Singapore from the 1950s onwards, Chen moved between cities such as Shanghai, Paris, and New York. In 1982, Chen was awarded the Cultural Medallion for her contributions to the visual arts in Singapore.
On 15 March 1993, Chen died of complications from rheumatoid arthritis after an 11-year struggle with the ailment.
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