Lim Tze Peng


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柳宗元 - 江雪 (River Snow by Liu Zongyuan)


Bustling Streets of Chinatown


Morning Markets


岳飞 - 满江红 (The River Runs Red by Yue Fei)


早秋 - 许浑 - Autumn Morning by Xu Hun


A Busy Day at Chinatown


Boats at River Quay


A Walk Along the Kampong
1997

A Walk Along the Sea


Boats by the Houses


PLATF Under the Coconut Tree


Old Times


陆游 - 卜算子·咏梅 - Ode to the Plum Blossom by Lu You


寻隐者不遇 - 贾岛 - In Search of One Who Could Not be Found by Jia Dao


枫桥夜泊 - 张继 - Resting by the Maple Bridge - Zhang Ji (Tang)


Anchoring


Market


Singapore River (Four Boats)


Old Singapore Scene


Chinatown Scenes lll


Old Singapore Scene


Singapore River Scenes Vlll


Singapore River V


Grove of Trees


Chestnuts For Sale - 卖果子


Boats on Balinese Shores - 岸上渔舟 - 1970


Fruit Stall
1996

R1 - Solitude II
1999

贩卖果子 - Balinese Vendors
1989

早市 - Morning Market
1970

庙前 - Temple Front


牛车水街景 - Chinatown Scene


早秋 - 许浑 Autumn Morning by Xu Hun


早秋 - 许浑 - Autumn Morning by Xu Hun


临江仙 - 杨慎 Story of Three Kingdoms by Yang Shen


自夏口至鸚洲夕望岳阳寄源中丞 - 劉 長 卿 - An Evening View of Youzhou After Arriving at Parrot Island from Hankou - A Poem to Governor Yuan by Liu Changqing


念奴娇·赤壁怀古 - 苏轼 Memories of the Past at Red Cliff by Su Shi


卜算子詠梅 - 陆游- Ode to the Plum Blossom by Lu You


东方既白,五洲已曙 - The East Turns White as the Five Continents Look On


山居秋暝 - 王维 - Autumn in the Mountains by Wang Wei


自夏口至鸚洲夕望岳陽寄源中丞 - 劉 長 卿 - An Evening View of the City of Youzhou After Coming From Hankou to Parrot Island - A Poem to My Friend Governor Yuan by Liu Changqing


秋山林木 - 黄公望 - Mountains and Forests of Autumn by Huang Gong Wang


卜算子詠梅 - 陆游 - Ode to the Plum Blossom by Lu You


江雪 - 柳宗元 - Snow River by Liu Zongyuan


苏武庙 - 温庭筠 - Temple of Su Wu by Wen Ting Yun


秋夜寄邱员外 - 韦应物 - On An Autumn Night to Councillor Qiu by Wei Ying Wu


R1 秋登万山寄张五 - 孟浩然 - Autumn Ascent of Wan Mountain for Zhang Wu by Meng Haoran
2009

淮上喜會梁川故人 - 韋應物 - A Pleasant Encounter with an Old Acquaintance from River Liang on River Huai by Wei Ying Wu


凉州词 - 王之涣 - A Song of Liangzhou by Wang Zhi Huan


竹里馆 - 王维 - The Bamboo Lodge by Wang Wei


静夜思 - 李白 -Thoughts on a Quiet Night by Li Bai


竹里馆 - 王维 - The Bamboo Lodge by Wang Wei


登岳阳楼 - 杜甫 - On Yueyang Tower by Du Fu


Abstract Calligraphy


Calligraphy Series


春望 - 杜甫 - Spring View by Du Fu


The River Runs Red - Yue Fei - 满江红 - 岳飞


DMG 秋登万山寄张五 - 孟浩然 - Autumn Ascent of Wan Mountain for Zhang Wu by Meng Haoran


七律·人民解放军占领南京 - 毛泽东 - The People’s Liberation Army Captures Nanjing by Mao Zedong


竹里馆 - 王维 - The Bamboo Lodge by Wang Wei


秋登万山寄张五 (Autumn Ascent of Wan Mountain for Zhang Wu by Meng Haoran)


游子吟 - 孟郊 -Song of the Travelling Son by Meng Jiao
2012

自嘲 - 鲁迅 - Self-Mockery by Lu Xun
2012

早秋 - 许浑 - Autumn Morning by Xu Hun


R1 - 竹里馆 - 王维 - The Bamboo Lodge by Wang Wei


LP - 苏武庙 - 温庭筠 - Temple of Su Wu by Wen Ting Yun


LP - 秋登万山寄张五 - 孟浩然 - Autumn Ascent of Wan Mountain for Zhang Wu by Meng Haoran
2006

LP - 秋登萬山寄張五 - 孟浩然 - Autumn Ascent of Wan Mountain for Zhang Wu by Meng Haoran


LP - 念奴娇·赤壁怀古 - 苏轼 - Memories of the Past at Red Cliff by Su Shi


LP - 水调歌头 - 苏轼 (Thinking of You by Su Shi)


LP - 水调歌头 - 苏轼 (Thinking of You by Su Shi)


秋登万山寄张五 - 孟浩然 (Autumn Ascent of Wan Mountain for Zhang Wu by Meng Haoran)


金石斋


Street Stalls


Village Scenery


Old House in Li Jiang


丽江店铺 (Shops by the Street)


Through The Alley 1


Bali Fruit Stall


Banana Stall


Drawing Water 1970


风和日暖


Rock


金声玉振


云海(Sea Clouds)


Calligraphy Work


早秋 ( Autumn Morning )


海(Sea)


空(Void)


寿(Longevity)


虎(Tiger)


Calligraphy Work


-海纳百川


仁和德福


Chrysanthemum


Chrysanthemum


Red Toreador I


Red Toreador II


Peony


Red Toreador III


Flower


Orchid


Red Toreador V


Red Toreador IV


About The Artist

Born in Singapore on 28 September 1921, Lim Tze Peng is one of Singapore’s most significant artists and a living legend. Renowned for his Chinese ink drawings and paintings of post-independence Singapore, he also practices Chinese calligraphy. Alongside numerous solo and group exhibitions, both local and international, his masterpieces are exhibited in the Singapore Art Museum and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and are part of many prestigious collections. Lim has been bestowed several awards including the Special Prize at the Commonwealth Art Exhibition in England in 1977 and the prestigious Cultural Medallion in Singapore in 2003. In May 2012, he broke records with the sale of his works at a Christies auction in Hong Kong.

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Even though Lim was born and educated in Singapore, his diligent studies and daily dedication to practicing his craft enabled him to excel in the Chinese ink tradition. His new ink works are deeply rooted in tradition, yet, they have a palpably contemporary feel and can be enjoyed by those who are schooled in other traditions.

Lim is famously known for his Chinese ink drawings and paintings of Chinatown and the Singapore River produced in the early 1980s after having embarked on his artistic journey in the 1950s. His paintings of these landmarks signified and reflected the change these prime locations were undergoing during urban development in Singapore. These paintings are a memory of what Lim saw as a Singaporean watching his kampong transform into an urbanized capital, and documented the cultural diversity and transformation of the city. Lim shows that Singapore's multi-cultural environment may provide a context in which artists can respond to a variety of influences without being trapped in a defensive form of traditionalism or a superficial form of cosmopolitanism. 

Having a solid foundation in Chinese philosophy, art and culture, Lim also practiced Chinese calligraphy, especially in the 1990s. Lim's creative impulses for his new works is clear, where previously it was "I see and I paint, now it's I reflect and I paint." His latest series of calligraphic works reveal a new level of artistic maturity - their raw energy reflect an aggressive swiftness and decisive ferocity, injecting the calligraphy with invigorating tension.


Awards


2003
Cultural Medallion Award, Singapore

1981
National Day Award (PBM), Singapore

1977
Special Prize,Commonwealth Art Exhibition, England

1963
National Day Award (PPA), Singapore

Collections 

Housing Development Board Singapore 
Prime Minister's Office Singapore 
Singapore Airline, 
Singapore Art Museum 
Overseas Chinese Banking Corporation 
United Overseas Bank 
Swiss Bank 
Four Seasons Hotel, Singapore 
Shenn's Fine Art, Singapore 
IBM Singapore Pte Ltd 
Lee Kong Chian Art Museum
National University of Singapore 

 

Exhibitions


2012
Black and White, Ode to Art Gallery, Singapore 
Tze Peng in Bali, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore 

2010 
My Kampong, My Home, Singapore Management University Gallery, Singapore 

2009 
Inroads:The Ink Journey of Lim Tze Peng, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, 
China Inroads:The Ink Journey of Lim Tze Peng, Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai, China 

2008 
Inaugural Exhibition, NTU Art and Heritage Gallery, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 
Inroads: Lim Tze Peng's New Ink Work, Art Retreat Museum, Singapore 

2007
Lim Tze Peng: Singapore River Memory, Cape of Good Hope Gallery, Singapore 2006 
Tze Peng in Paris, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore 
Infinite Gestures-Recent Paintings by Lim Tze Peng, Singapore Tyler Print Institute,Singapore

2003 
Tze Peng,Singapore Art Museum, Singapore


Videos


Ode to Art Presents Lim Tze Peng
Lim Tze Peng
Ode To Art is delighted to present the solo exhibition of veteran artist Lim Tze Peng titled Impressions. It will be a celebration of the bold calligraphy paintings of Lim Tze Peng that exude immense passion, strength and vitality. A special selection of 95 works is showcased in honour of the Cultural Medallion awardee and Singapore's oldest living second-generation artist who turns 95 this year. Lim Tze Peng achieved a stylistic breakthrough with the development of a new style of abstract calligraphy or 糊涂字 (known as hu tu zi). Emphasizing expressiveness and elegance of strokes instead of the actual meaning of the words, some of the works have layers written atop each other with words appearing so cursive and abstract that it is difficult to decipher the characters present.Ode To Art cordially invites you to join us on a historic evening as we celebrate Lim Tze Peng's 95th birthday and his works that have been enshrined in the Singapore art scene.
SINGAPORE SERIES: Sculpture - Art Lecture Full Video
Ong Kim Seng, Lim Tze Peng, Zhu Hong, Hong Zhu An
By Jeffrey Say
SINGAPORE SERIES: Painting - Art Lecture Full Video
Various Artists
Interview with Lim Tze Peng
Lim Tze Peng
This is a video recording of an interview conducted with artist-calligrapher, Lim Tze Peng, 87, recipient of the Cultural Medallion Award for Art in 2003 and best known for the significant number of Chinese ink drawings of Chinatown and the Singapore River he produced during the early 1980s. The video traces his artistic career, and records his thoughts on his own works, artistic style, inspiration, working habits and philosophy of life. Included are commentaries by Koh Seow Chuan, art collector, and Dr. Ho Chee Lick, artist, as well as visual presentations of his selected works of oil and ink paintings and his calligraphy. Narration in English and interview conducted in Mandarin with English subtitles. All Rights Reserved. National Library Board Singapore 2007.
Lim Tze Peng - Singapore's Living National Treasure
Lim Tze Peng
Artist and Cultural Medallion recipient Lim Tze Peng is Singapore's oldest living second-generation artist. Such is Lim's worldwide renown that the home-grown artist had more than 50 of his works exhibited at China's prestigious National Art Museum last year. A painter who is so absorbed in his craft, Lim's wife exlaims that art is Lim's first love, while she is his second wife. Disclaimer: Ode to Art does not own this video. All rights belong to ArtyiiPerspective

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Lim Tze Peng
Impressions by Lim Tze Peng

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Larger Than Life

Lim Tzepeng - Larger than Life series is a compilation of 15 works that is prepared for Art Stage Singapore 2014
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Lim Tze Peng - Black & White

The dominant feature of the black and white works may be the line and form, but we cannot overlook the fundamentals of Chinese ink execution that present so vividly still through Tze Peng's enterprise.
Lim Tze Peng
The Journey of Lim Tze Peng

Journey is an insight into the artistic passage of the cultural medallion winner and much respected Singaporean icon Mr. Lim Tze Peng.
Lim Tze Peng
Lim Tze Peng Book

Lim Tze Peng Book
Lim Tze Peng
The Journey of Lim Tze Peng

Cultural Medallion winner, Lim Tze Peng was born in Singapore in 1923. Largely self-taught, Tze Peng drew from the available traditions evident at the birth of Singapore's artistic scene in the 30s and 40s.

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