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Lim Tze Peng
-寻隐者不遇 - 贾岛 Visiting the Absent Hermit

Rice Paper
150 x 83cm


Lim is renowned for his ‘hutuzi’. With the style he developed over the years, he creates a well thought out and balanced composition. The strokes executed are free, limitless yet exhibits control and sturdiness. According to Lim, timing and control is key in calligraphy, one tiny mistake will affect the entire artwork and will not reflect well on your inner character. In this piece, Lim reinterprets the poem 尋隱者不遇 or Visiting the Absent Hermit by Jia Dao - a chinese poet in the Tang Dynasty. The entire poem reads: 松下問童子 言師採藥去 只在此山中 雲深不知處 Beneath the pine-trees, I ask of a lad I see. Away is the master gathering herbs, says he, Up in this mountain, but where? I cannot tell, For there the clouds are deep and dense as be.

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  • +Artist Bio

    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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  • +Exhibitions

    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

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