Lim Tze Peng

Shophouse Coffee Shop
Ink on Rice Paper, 67 x 67 cm



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About the artwork

In this work by Lim Tze Peng, the artist illustrates the characteristic architecture of Singapore’s old shophouses. The large scale of the buildings are highlighted in contrast to that of the individuals in front of it, who are all rendered in miniature forms, giving them a grandiose aura despite their informal nature. Through his intricate brushstrokes, Lim depicts the details and nuances of the various shophouses, from the tiling of the roofs to the shutters of the windows. This black and white work renders the scene with solemnity and minimalism, which highlights the significance of such structures that were, and continue to be, icons of Singapore’s cityscape.

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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