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

Ink on Paper
100 x 100cm


This piece of Calligraphy by Lim Tze Peng is a poem by major Tang Dynasty Poet Meng Hao Ran. The poem depicts the time of Spring. The sounds of birds chirping at dawn contrasts with the sound of heavy rain and wind in the dead of the night. This creates a paradigm shift in the reader’s minds between reality and imagination. Lim Tze Peng’s contrasting light grey strokes on dark black ink cleverly accentuates the inconsistencies in the poem. The poem, 春晓, reads: 唐代诗人 ·孟浩然 。 春眠不觉晓 、处处闻啼鸟。夜来风雨声 、花落知多少. Translated, "春晓(chūnxiǎo)" refers to the morning in spring. In my deep slumber on one spring night, day has broken without being noticed. My ears are filled with the merry singing of birds everywhere when I am awakened. A vague memory reminds me of the wind and rain at the night before, and now I am wondering how many flowers have fallen down to the ground.

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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

    Portrait of the Heart -  心象, Ode to Art, Singapore

    Evening Climb: The Later Style of Lim Tze Peng, National University of Singapore Museum, Singapore.

    Solo Exhibition, Impressions, Ode to Art, Singapore

    Solo Exhibition 攀登 The Journey, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay 

    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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