National Gallery Singapore’s home to one of the largest collections of artworks by distinguished local artists – and among the greats is Georgette Chen. A Cultural Medallion recipient, Chen’s lauded as one of Singapore’s pioneer painters who contributed greatly to the development of the local art scene. She also played a huge role in the Nanyang art movement, which was styled after Southeast Asia. Known for her distinct postimpressionist style, Chen, who died in 1993, worked with bold brushstrokes and a warm palette. Her influences included Western artists such as Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne. Specialising in still life, landscapes and portraits in oil, Chen was particularly fond of painting her first husband, Eugene Chen.