Lim Tze Peng

Bali Fruit Stall
Ink on Paper, 67 x 67 cm

USD 12,700 – 18,200


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About the artwork

Lim Tze Peng made several trips to Bali over the course of 30 years, painting and documenting the scenes he observed of simple island life. When he first encountered Bali in the 1960s, he was entranced by the picturesque beauty of Indonesia. He exclaimed, "Bali is a paradise for artists". In this work, Lim depicts the daily exchanges between the patrons and sellers at a Balinese fruit stall. The washes of earth toned colours denote the rustic nature of the scenes Lim captured, as well as the tranquility of island living. Through his intricate brushstrokes, he creates bold lines which articulate the defined forms of the stalls, wares and people in the composition. This work is thus an exquisite tribute to the beauty of an island favoured by Lim, and the way of life of its inhabitants.

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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