Lim Tze Peng

Fruit Stores at the Market
Ink on Rice Paper, 67 x 67 cm


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About the artwork

Lim Tze Peng is famously known for his Chinese ink drawings and paintings of iconic areas in Singapore such as the Singapore River and Chinatown. In this work, Lim paints a scene of a bustling market, with patrons making purchases at the various fruit stalls. The use of black ink on white background creates a strong contrast, depicting the scene with stark clarity. Bold lines clearly define the nuances of the surrounding architecture, highlighting Lim’s artistic skill and mastery using traditional Chinese ink. The negative space which functions as a border generates feelings of nostalgia, reminding the viewer that this was a fleeting moment in Singapore’s history, one which Lim Tze Peng manages to capture exquisitely through his masterful technique.

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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