Lim Tze Peng

Calligraphy BD

Bustling Streets of Chinatown

LPS - 早秋 - 许浑 LP - Autumn Morning by Xu Hun

LPS - A Walk Along the Sea


Singapore River (Four Boats)

Old Singapore scene

Teochew Street 1973

Singapore River V

Old Street Landscape

Street Food

Boats on Balinese Shores - 岸上渔舟 - 1970

BD-Abstract Calligraphy (LP)

The Beginnings

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

Bali Fruit Stall

BD 小自在 - Carefree

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

BD Red Toreador IV

Singapore River

Market Scene

Abstract Calligraphy

L4 Roots IV

BD Bark

Tree I

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

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)


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

敬 Reverence

浩然正气 (Honourable)

好日居 (Blissful Days)

Abstract Calligraphy

喜乐 - Joy

海阔天空 - The Boundless Sea and Sky

海纳百川(Embrace All Diversities)

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

BD 天长地久 - Eternity

LPS -Another Perspective

Tree Series


BD 花落知多少 (Spring Dawn by Meng Hao Ran)

Lp-Trees Series

BD 怡然自乐 Contentment brings Happiness

Singapore Street Scene

LP Street Market

Fruit Stores at the Market

Street Market Wholesalers

LP Busy Day at the Market

LP-Bumboats in front of Elgin Bridge

LP Bumboats and Shophouses

Bumboats on the Singapore River

Chinatown Shophouse and Potted Plants

Coffeeshops at Chinatown

Abstract Calligraphy




View of Singapore River

Street Food Under the Trees


Sunset at the Singapore River

Bumboats in the Harbour


A Busy Morning At Boat Quay

LPS- A Busy Day at Chinatown

An Ancient Tree

佑记 Yu Ke

Joyous Festivals

Por Kee Eating House

家和万事兴 Harmony Triumphs

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 



墨缘 - 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.
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What's In My Portfolio: Lim Tze Peng
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"Art is a never-ending journey. Even at the age of 99, I continue making art, thinking of making new breakthroughs every day. I will continue to paint and write calligraphy whenever I can." Lim Tze Peng
Lim Tze Peng Solo Exhibition in Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai
Lim Tze Peng
Discover more about Lim Tze Peng's 2019 exhibition, The Spirit of Ink, in the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, India. The exhibition was held in collaboration with IDF Singapore, Ode To Art, and the Consulate-General of the Republic of Singapore.
Lim Tze Peng featured in "Creators" by Yahoo TV
Lim Tze Peng
Yahoo TV featured prominent Singaporean artist Lim Tze Peng in their long-running segment "Creators". Discover more about calligraphy, abstract art and the way these two distinct genres merge into Lim Tze Peng's unique creations.
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
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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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The Spirit of Ink

Ode to Art in collaboration with Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum , IDF Singapore, and the Consulate-General of the Republic of Singapore presents ‘The Spirit of Ink’ by Singapore’s pioneer artist Lim Tze Peng - his solo exhibition in Mumbai, India.
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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.
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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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