Journal article

Material availability and painting practice: a case study of Singapore artist Georgette Chen

N TSE, E O'Donnell, A Ahmad

AICCM Bulletin | Maney Publsihing (Taylors and Francis) | Published : 2015

Abstract

Pioneer artist Georgette Chen (1906-1993) is recognised as an influential figure in the early development of modern art in Singapore, however few studies have been undertaken on her painting materials, their availability and techniques. Building on earlier research, this paper presents a greater understanding of Chen’s paintings through an in-situ technical examination, materials analysis of four oil paintings in the collection of Balai Seni Visual Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and documentary source research. The four paintings, Still Life (Ikan Kerin) (1940), Rambutan and Magosteens (1950), Mother and Child (Ibu dan Anak) (1960) and Mother (Ibu) (1960), were painted in three locations b..

View full abstract