Lim Tze Peng

BD 天长地久 - Eternity
Ink on Paper, cm

USD 7,800 – 11,100


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About the artwork

Singapore’s living artistic legend Lim Tze Peng began painting in the 1970s, however it was in the 90s that he began his Calligraphy works. This change was reflected in his personal philosophy as well, in which he stated “I see and I paint, now it's I reflect and I paint”. In this work, there is a clear sense of energy created by the contrast of warm & cool tone colours, which brings life and vibrancy to the composition, as well as the tension of Lim’s bold black brushstrokes used for the Chinese characters. While the notion of eternity connotes a sense of unboundedness, this is upended as Lim significantly places a border around the work, thus constricting this limitless energy within his composition, creating an evocative and exciting visual sensation.

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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