Joie De Vivre: Chen Cheng Mei


by Tan, Bridget Tracy

Joie De Vivre: Chen Cheng Mei

Price:  US$36.00   (SGD50.00*)
Format:  Paper Back, 257 pages
Published:  2014, Singapore, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9789810793340
SB#:  056825 (702)

About This Book

Chen Cheng Mei (also known as Tan Seah Boey) was born in 1927 and studied western painting at NAFA from 1949 to 1954 where she was taught by, among others, the academy's founding principal Lim Hak Tai and pioneer artist Cheong Soo Pieng. She was also keen to improve her line-work and took to studying calligraphy with Chui Ta Tee for six years. She is known for her richly coloured oil paintings and prints, many of which document her sojourns around the world. She was one of the founding members of the Ten-Men Art Group whose roots emerged when she looked beyond the island for new subject matter and themes, gathering others to join her on these exploratory art journeys. The group travelled extensively to the Southeast Asian region and further to India and China in the 1960s and early 1970s, covering places such as Malaysia, Java, Bali, Thailand, Cambodia, Brunei and Miri. After Chen left the Ten-Men Group in the late 1970s, she persisted in her artistic endeavours which took her as far as the Pacific Islands, Africa, and USA. 'Joie de Vivre' is Chen Cheng Mei's fourth solo exhibition. It showcases more than 40 works of oil paintings and sketches spanning more than half a century from 1954 to 2005.


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