This piece was painted right after his retirement in 1981. During this period, he had a strong urgency to paint the scenes of the disappearing kampongs and streets as they were soon to be demolished to make way for modernisation. Lim uses colours to emulate the essence of the olden days, capturing the energy of the hustle and bustle, transporting you back to the old Singapore. Lim makes good use of the space, and squeezes in as much detail as possible and also a clever play on negative space to truly give the viewers an authentic visual experience of how life was really like before modernisation and also to show just how rapidly things were changing.
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