Style & Imagination: Art in the Nanyang Academy


ISBN: 981-05-2861-2
Published in 2005

Featuring key works from the NAFA Collection of artist luminaries such as Chen Wen Hsi, Chen Chong Swee, Cheong Soo Pieng, Wee Beng Chong and Lim Hak Tai, this book begins with an elucidating essay by Ms Bridget Tracy Tan, the present Director of Gallery & Theatre, who not only discusses the artistic framework but touches on the history and culture of Southeast Asia and its impact on art-making in Singapore's first art academy. It concludes with interviews of selected artists with their personal accounts of incidents and stories, and memories of fellow artists and mentors as nostalgic revelation of the artistic community then that shaped not just the course of the Academy but the future of Singapore art.