Lim Tze Peng

LP-Shophouse Stores
Ink on Rice Paper, 67 x 67 cm



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About the artwork

Singaporean artist Lim Tze Peng was dedicated to documenting scenes of old Singapore, during a period in which the country was beginning to rapidly modernise, in order to capture such memories before they were gone forever. In this work Lim depicts a bustling street with patrons of eateries enjoying their meals. The bold and confident lines that Lim uses articulate the defined forms of the architecture, tarpaulin and people, presenting this scene with stark clarity through the contrast produced by the black ink on white background. Lim’s nuanced use of negative space creates a sense of nostalgia, reflective of such a bygone area in Singapore’s history. His technical mastery and the powerful visual experience produced speaks for Lim’s artistic skill, and that has made him Singapore’s living artistic legends.

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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