Lim Tze Peng

Through The Alley 1
Ink on Paper, 65.5 x 66.5 cm

USD 9,900 – 14,200


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About the artwork

An early piece of work by Lim, this was painted en plein air during one of his frequent travels. In the narrow alley of an old street in Li Jiang, China, Lim shows us the hustle and bustle of everyday life we no longer witness in today’s urban landscapes. Buildings infused with a brick-red hue emanate warmth and nostalgia, creating a vintage atmosphere. This painting also marks a transitional period in his career. Instead of using Western techniques and oil as a creative medium, Lim began to incorporate calligraphic brush lines in his paintings.

About the artist

Born in Singapore in 1921, Lim Tze Peng is one of Singapore’s most significant artists and a living legend. Renowned for his Chinese ink creations of post-independence Singapore, he also practices Chinese calligraphy. Alongside local and international exhibitions, his masterpieces are exhibited in prominent Singapore institutions and 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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