Warm Nights, Death­less Days: The Life of Geor­gette Chen by Sonny Liew

BqjVdmGCcAADX4J.jpg-large My introduction to the biographies of prominent historical figures from South Asia often came in the form of Amar Chitra Katha comics. And while today I see the series’ problematic nature, Amar Chitra Katha, with its distinctive logo, is still familiar and dear.

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So, I sort of loved Warm Nights, Death­less Days: The Life of Geor­gette Chena comic book biography of a painter best-known for her Post Impressionistic-styled oil paintings, pub­lished by National Gal­lery Singa­pore. I knew little of her life, and Sonny Liew’s illustrations served as a straightforward introduction. The book chronicles her early days as a student at the Art Students League in New York City and Academie Colarossi and Academie Biloul in Paris to her win­ning of Singapore’s pres­ti­gi­ous Cul­tural Medal­lion. Reading Warm Nights, Death­less Days: The Life of Geor­gette Chen also prompted me to return to Singapore Art Museum to see her “Nanyang” style works (a style that was characterized by its hybrid art form incorporating Asian themes and Western techniques). The Museum owns 104 of her paintings, though I wonder if they will move to the National Gal­lery Singa­pore once that institution opens.