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Lim Tze Peng
寻隐者不遇 - 贾島 (Visiting the Absent Hermit by Jia Dao)

Ink on Paper
100 x 100cm


Composed in striking contrast, Lim Tze Peng’s virtuosity as both calligraphist and contemporary artist shines through in this ink tribute to Tang Dynasty poet Jia Dao’s poem《寻隐者不遇》. The calligraphy itself is typical of Lim Tze Peng’s breakthrough abstract style with characters often overlapping each other in an effort to capture expression over literal meaning. The vigour is his strokes is also palpable, emphasized by his choice of a distinctly oriental red against black. The vividness of his colour seems to pay tribute to the poem it frames, which is known for capturing scenic beauty with exceptional eloquence . Those familiar with Lim Tze Peng’s work, his choice to include both a coloured background and foreground is an interesting deviation from traditional calligraphy, and a sign of his artistic experimentation with contemporary and expressionist avenues. The piece marks one of only a few in the artist’s oeuvre where colour is included to add dimension to the work, with the contrasting colours working together to highlight the characters but still present the work as a working visual whole – making it a true blend of traditional calligraphy and contemporary expression. This short piece was abstracted from Tang Dynasty Poet, Jia Dao’s《寻隐者不遇》. The poet cleverly contained the characters, plot, scenery with detail and vivid content in just twenty characters. The poem reads: 松下问童子 、言师采药去。只在此山中 、云深不知处- 寻隐者不遇 / 孙革访羊尊师诗 唐 · 贾岛

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    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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