Lim Tze Peng


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Living with Art


Black & White - Lim Tze Peng solo exhibition
2012

Black & White - Lim Tze Peng solo exhibition
2012

Black & White - Lim Tze Peng solo exhibition
2012

LP Calligraphy


Bustling Streets of Chinatown


Morning Markets LP


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


早秋 - 许浑 LP - Autumn Morning by Xu Hun


LP A Busy Day at Chinatown LP


A Busy Morning at Boat Quay


A Walk Along the Kampong
1997

A Walk Along the Sea


Boats by the Houses


4F Under the Coconut Tree


Market


LP Singapore River (Four Boats)


LP Old Singapore Scene


Chinatown Scenes lll


Old Singapore Scene


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Teochew Street 1973


LP Singapore River V


Old Street Landscape


Old Singapore Landscape


Grove of Trees


Chestnuts For Sale - 卖果子


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Boats on Balinese Shores - 岸上渔舟 - 1970


Fruit Stall
1996

Solitude II
1999

贩卖果子 - Balinese Vendors
1989

早市 - Morning Market
1970

LP 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


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


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


竹里馆 - 王维 - The Bamboo Lodge by Wang Wei


登岳阳楼 - 杜甫 - On Yueyang Tower by Du Fu (LP)


LP-Abstract Calligraphy (LP)


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


L2 The Beginnings
2014

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


L4 秋登万山寄张五 (Autumn Ascent of Wan Mountain for Zhang Wu by Meng Haoran)


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


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


金石斋


Alleyway in Singapore


Street Stalls


Village Scenery


Old House in Li Jiang


Through The Alley 1


Bali Fruit Stall


Banana Stall


Drawing Water 1970


Street Scene
1978

LP 不论草木多房山、臣眼方知破墨难。當是方舟停水固、夕阳江上数峰定。


LP 江山如画, A Picturesque View


LP 洞庭秋水


LP 小自在, little freedom


LP 涼州詞 出塞 - 王之渙 (Song of Liangzhou by Wang Zhihuan)


LP 空山松子落,幽人應未眠


LP 空山松子落,幽人應未眠


LP 早秋 ( Autumn Morning )


LP 清泉石上流、松间照。


Red Toreador II


LP Flower


L-4 Red Toreador V


Singapore River
1977

Market Place
1976

Market Scene
1973

LP Abstract Calligraphy


LP Roots IV


LP Tree III


LP Forest I


Stem


LP Tree IV


Bark


LP Tree I


临江仙 - 杨慎 (Story of Three Kingdoms by Yang Shen)


-寻隐者不遇 - 贾岛 Visiting the Absent Hermit


七律·人民解放军占领南京 - 毛泽东 - The People’s Liberation Army Captures Nanjing by Mao Zedong.(LTP_420)


陆游 - 卜算子·咏梅 - Ode to the Plum Blossom by Lu You (LTP_283)


LP 春晓 - 孟浩然 (Spring Dawn by Meng Hao Ran)


LP 王之渙 登鸛雀樓 (Climbing White Stork Mountain by Wang Zhi Huan


Sold 寻隐者不遇 - 贾島 (Visiting the Absent Hermit by Jia Dao)


LP 孟浩然 - 春曉 (Spring Dawn by Meng Hao Ran)


山居秋暝 唐 · 王维 (Mountain Lodge at Autumn Nightfall by Wang Wei)


LP 出塞 - 王昌齡 (Over the Border by Wang Chang Ling)


LP 和气生财,Harmony


LP 兴 - Happiness


LP 静 Still


LP 川流不息 Unabating


L4 - 日暖花香,fragrant flowers on a warm and sunny day


L4 - 南国风光,Scenic View of the South


L4 - 江山如画 Scenic Mountains


龙马精神,Vigor


L4 - 飛, Soar


L-4 舞-Dance


L2 温故知新,To gain new knowledge by reviewing the old


LP 云高气静 Tolerance


望 Hope


L2 - 四海为家,To regard the four corners of the world as home.


LP 羌笛何须怨杨柳 、春风不度玉门关


L-4 近水远山, Close Rivers and Distant Mountains


家, Home


L4 - 龙, Dragon


LP R1 jazz華


L4 - Abstract Calligraphy


黄河远上白云间, 一片孤城万仞山, 羌笛何须怨杨柳, 春风不度玉关门。 Liang Zhou Ci by Wang Zhi Huan


千山万水, Over a Thousand Mountains and Streams


L-2 海,Ocean


LP 空山松子落、幽人应未眠《秋夜寄丘員外》


LP 延年益寿 Longevity


R1-幽思-meditate


L-4 人寿年丰, Longevity and Abundance


LP Abstract calligraphy


礼,Esteem


安, Secure


L4 - 陶,Pottery


LP 水遠山長 Faraway


LP 道法自然 A Natural Path


LP 疏可走马密不透风


LP 浩然独存, To exist alone in a vast dimension


L4 -狮,Lion


L4 - 豐,Abundance


寿,Longevity


LP 云山松子落、多少人未眠


和气, Concord


L2 怡然自得,To be Happy with Oneself


声- Resonance


R1- jazz翱翔, Soar


敬 Reverence


LP 欲穷千里目 更上一层楼 To Ascent for a Better View


LP 海阔天空


L-4 龙,Dragon


L2 旺, Thriving


L4 -志气,Righteousness


LP 清风徐来,水波不兴,Gentle Breeze


L4 - 晖, Splendor


LP 明照四海 To Lit The World


琵琶行 - 白居易 - Song of the Pipa Player by Bai Juyi
2014

LP 精诚


LP 海闊天空 The Boundless Sea and Sky


LP 天容万物 - The Universe Embraces All of Nature


浩然正气
2018

信望爱 Faith Hope Love
2018

有志者事竟成 Perseverance Pays
2018

海纳百川 Embracing All
2018

志强不息 Incessant Aspiration
2018

感恩 Gratitude
2018

壮志凌云


宁静致远 Silence Speaks All
2018

知足常乐 Contentment Begets Joy
2018

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

2016
Meritorious Service Medal at the National Day 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

2018
A Lifeline of Ink -  心象, Ode to Art, Singapore

2016
Evening Climb: The Later Style of Lim Tze Peng, National University of Singapore Museum, Singapore.

2015
Solo Exhibition, Impressions, Ode to Art, Singapore

2013
Solo Exhibition 攀登 The Journey, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay 

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

Lim Tze Peng
Larger Than Life

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