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One of the most important movements of Singapore’s cultural history is the Nanyang- style art movement of the 1950s. It was pioneered by artists now known as the Singaporean masters, namely Cheong Soo Pieng, Liu Kang, Chen Wen Hsi and Georgette Chen. Blending western techniques with traditional Chinese ink and wash painting, these artists depicted the realities of living in Southeast Asia in their works.
The Nanyang art movement was the first of many Singapore has experienced. Some might even argue that the city has always had a vibrant arts culture even before British influence. As Nanyang art garnered more recognition on the global stage, a second wave of artists expanded upon it and developed a number of mini art movements along the way. Here’s the low-down on the epoch-making local artists you should know.