Lim Tze Peng

Market Scene, 1973
Ink on Paper, 69 x 69 cm

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About the artwork

This piece is one of Lim Tze Peng’s earlier works, during a period in which the artist was experimenting and finding his own unique style. Lim incorporates both Chinese and Western painting techniques, fusing Chinese ink painting with the Western method of direct observation. Additionally, both warm and cool colours are used in this work, with the cool blue of the women’s clothing contrasting the warm colours of the buildings in the background. This creates a fascinating visual contrast for the viewer, imbuing the scene with vibrancy yet a sense of nostalgia as well, reflective of the painting’s subject of a bygone era. Lim skillfully captures the gradual disappearance of olden Singapore through his use of negative space as a border, to create a faded effect evoking feelings of wistfulness for the viewer.

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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