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Lim Tze Peng
Shophouse Coffee Shop

Ink on Rice Paper
67 x 67cm


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.

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