Lim Tze Peng




Living with Art

Black & White - Lim Tze Peng solo exhibition

Black & White - Lim Tze Peng solo exhibition

Black & White - Lim Tze Peng solo exhibition

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 Walk Along the Kampong

A Walk Along the Sea

Boats by the Houses


Singapore River (Four Boats)

LP Old Singapore Scene

Chinatown Scenes lll

Old Singapore Scene

Old Singapore scene

Teochew Street 1973

Singapore River V

Old Street Landscape

Old Singapore Landscape

Grove of Trees

Chestnuts For Sale - 卖果子

Street Food

Fruit Stall

BD - Solitude II

贩卖果子 - Balinese Vendors

早市 - Morning Market

LP 牛车水街景 - Chinatown Scene

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)

L2竹里馆 - 王维 - The Bamboo Lodge by Wang Wei

LP-Abstract Calligraphy (LP)

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

The Beginnings

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

L4 竹里馆 - 王维 - The Bamboo Lodge by Wang Wei

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

Alley way in Singapore

Street Stalls

Village Scenery

Old House in Li Jiang

Through The Alley 1

Bali Fruit Stall

Banana Stall

Drawing Water 1970

BD 文彭《题山水》(A Poem by Wen Peng)

LP 洞庭秋水

BD 小自在 - Carefree

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

L4 - 秋夜寄邱员外 - 韦应物 (Written on an Autumn Night to Squire Qiu by Wei Yingwu)

LP 海(Sea)

LP 清泉石上流、松间照。(Mountain Life on an Autumn Evening by Wang Wei)

L4 Red Toreador II

BD Red Toreador III

BD Flower

L4-Red Toreador V

Singapore River

Market Place

Market Scene

Abstract Calligraphy

L4 Roots IV


BD Forest I

L4 - Stem

BD Tree IV

BD Bark

Tree I

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

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

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

L2-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)

兴 - Happiness

artra-飛, Soar

BD - 出塞 - 王之渙(Beyond the Jade Gate vernal wind will never blow by Wang Zhihuan)

L2- Abstract Calligraphy

L4 - 出塞 - 王之渙 (Over the Border by Wang Zhihuan)

BD 空山松子落、幽人应未眠《秋夜寄丘員外》 (On an Autumn Night to Councillor Qiu by Wei Yingwu)

江雪 - 柳宗元 (Snow River by Liu Zong Yuan)


海阔天空, As boundless as the seas and the skies

BD 疏可走马, 密不透风 (A Poem by Deng Shiru)

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

翱翔, Soar

敬 Reverence

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


LP 清风徐来,水波不兴,Gentle Breeze

L4 琵琶行 - 白居易 - Song of the Pipa Player by Bai Juyi

L4-浩然正气 (Honourable)

L2 知足常乐 Contentment Begets Joy

Abstract Calligraphy

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

凉州词二首·其一 唐 · 王之涣 (Liang Zhou Verses by Wang Zhi Huan)

LP 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

川流不息 - Endless Stream

赠友人三首 - 李白 (Three Proses for a Friend by Li Bai)

山居秋暝 - 王维 (Autumn in the Moutains by Wang Wei)

Abstract Calligraphy

Abstract Calligraphy

Another persepctive

Tree Series


IND Trees Series

Trees Series

Abstract Calligraphy

天长地久 - Eternity

L4 家和万事兴


Temple Front

Street Scenes of Old

Singapore Street Scene

LP - (254) A Busy Morning At Boat Quay

LP (252) - A Busy Day At Chinatown

sold-Bumboats at City Hall

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.


Meritorious Service Medal at the National Day Awards.

Cultural Medallion Award, Singapore

National Day Award (PBM), Singapore

Special Prize,Commonwealth Art Exhibition, England

National Day Award (PPA), Singapore


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 



墨韵 - The Spirit of Ink, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, India

Portrait of the Heart -  心象, Ode to Art, Singapore

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

Solo Exhibition, Impressions, Ode to Art, Singapore

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

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

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

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 

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

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

Tze Peng,Singapore Art Museum, Singapore


An interview by 96.3's FM DJ Anna with our beloved artist, Lim Tze Peng.
Lim Tze Peng
Tuesday Report - Ninety Years Young - Lim Tze Peng
Lim Tze Peng
By Channel 8. 98-year-old artist Lim Tze Peng works diligently on his paintings and calligraphy every day from afternoon to dusk. He seems to transcend the natural limits of old age as his paintings become progressively larger and his colours ever bolder as if he is racing against the clock to play with his creativity to the very end. Mr Lim gives his all in this brave race – as long as the embers of life glow on, he will keep reaching for the horizon of artistic resplendence.
A Life Filled with Art - Lim Tze Peng by The Straits Times
Lim Tze Peng
Lim Tze Peng, 97, is Singapore's oldest living pioneer artist. The Cultural Medallion winner's latest solo exhibition, Portrait Of The Heart, runs from July 26 to Aug 12 at Ode To Art gallery in Raffles City Shopping Centre.
Lim Tze Peng's Portrait of the Heart solo exhibition | CNA Lifestyle Experiences
Lim Tze Peng
An exclusive grand opening for 98-year-old Cultural Medallion awardee Lim Tze Peng's solo exhibition at Ode To Art Gallery is the latest in a series of exclusive CNA Lifestyle events.
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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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.
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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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