Lim Tze Peng

Living with Art

Calligraphy Series

柳宗元 - 江雪 (River Snow by Liu Zongyuan)

Calligraphy LP

Bustling Streets of Chinatown

Morning Markets LP

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

早秋 - 许浑 - Autumn Morning by Xu Hun LP

A Busy Day at Chinatown LP

A Busy Morning at Boat Quay

A Walk Along the Kampong

A Walk Along the Sea

Boats by the Houses

Under the Coconut Tree

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


Singapore River (Four Boats) LP

Old Singapore Scene LP

Chinatown Scenes lll

Old Singapore Scene

Singapore River Scenes Vlll LP


Teochew Street 1973

Singapore River V LP

Old Street Landscape

Old Singapore Landscape

Grove of Trees

Chestnuts For Sale - 卖果子


Boats on Balinese Shores - 岸上渔舟 - 1970

Fruit Stall

Solitude II

贩卖果子 - Balinese Vendors

早市 - Morning Market

牛车水街景 - Chinatown Scene LP

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 LP

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

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

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

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

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 (LP)

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

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

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

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 (LP)

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

竹里馆 - 王维 - The Bamboo Lodge by Wang Wei

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

竹里馆 - 王维 - The Bamboo Lodge by Wang Wei (LP)

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

LP-Abstract Calligraphy (LP)

LP 牛渚西江夜 、青天无片云

春望 - 杜甫 - Spring View by Du Fu (LP)

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

L2 The Beginnings

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

竹里馆 - 王维 - The Bamboo Lodge by Wang Wei

L2 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

自嘲 - 鲁迅 - Self-Mockery by Lu Xun

L2 早秋 - 许浑 - Autumn Morning by Xu Hun

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

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)

r1-ally 秋登万山寄张五 - 孟浩然 (Autumn Ascent of Wan Mountain for Zhang Wu by Meng Haoran)



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

LP 念奴娇 · 赤壁怀古 - 苏轼 (Memories of the Red Clift by Su Shi)

LP 书画得趣是神仙

LP 早秋 - 許渾 (In Early Autumn by Xu Hun)

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 琵琶行并序 - 白居易 (Ode to a Lady's Pipa Play with an Introduction by Bai Ju Yi)

LP 威杰

LP 琵琶行 -白居易 (The Pipa Tune by Bai Juyi)

江山如画, A Picturesque View

LP 洞庭秋水

LP 水调歌头·明月几时有

小自在, little freedom

二石斋LP Calligraphy Work

二石斋LP Calligraphy Work

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 风和日暖 (A Breezy Summer’s Day)

LP 金声玉振

LP 云海(Sea Clouds)

LP 清香

天( Sky )

LP 早秋 ( Autumn Morning )

LP 海(Sea)

L2 空(Void)

LP 虎(Tiger)


LP 仁和德福

LP Chrysanthemum


Red Toreador I

Red Toreador II

LP Red Toreador III

LP Flower

Red Toreador V

LP Red Toreador IV

Singapore River

Market Place

Market Scene

Abstract Calligraphy

Roots IV

Tree III

Forest I


Tree IV


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)

Old Times (LTP_277)

乐 (Joy)

L2 国泰民安 Peace and Harmony

爱, Love

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

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

静 Still

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

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)

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

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

自强不息, To constantly strive to become stronger

和气生财, Amiability begets riches

兴 - Happiness

爱 Love

Sold - 静 Still

旺興, Excitement


壮志凌云, To sore high with great aspirations

还我河山, Return to the Rivers and Mountains

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

國, Nation

南国风光,Southern part of the country

山 Mountain


龙马精神,The vigorous spirit of the dragon and the horse

L4 - 飛, Soar


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

厚道, Honesty and Kindness




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

羌笛何须怨杨柳 、春风不度玉门关

近水远山, Close Rivers and Distant Mountains

家, Home

龙, Dragon


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, Ten thousand torrents and a thousand crags



延年益寿, Promise Longevity



人寿年丰, The land yields good crops and the people enjoy good health


Abstract calligraphy

L4 - 礼,Formalities


L4 - 安, Secure

L4 - 陶,Pottery

忍, Tolerance

L4 - 礼 Respect


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

新 reborn

兴 - Happiness

L4 兴 - Happiness

汉, Chinese




浩然独存, To exist alone in a vast dimension






和气, Amiable

L2 怡然自得,To be happy and pleased with oneself


翱翔, Soar

L4 - -敬

欲穷千里目 更上一层楼



L2 旺, Flourish


爱, Love

L4- 善, Kindness

清风徐来,水波不兴,A cool wind blew gently, without stirring up a ripple

楚, clear

L4 - 晖, Splendor


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


海闊天空 Infinite Sea and Sky

天容万物 - The Universe Embraces All of Nature

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.


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 



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


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


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
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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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