Lim Tze Peng

LP Busy Day at the Market
Ink on Rice Paper, 67 x 67 cm

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About the artwork

In this black and white work by Lim Tze Peng, a bustling marketplace full of patrons and sellers is depicted. Lim’s brushwork gives the painting an opaque quality that creates an evocative atmosphere, reflective of the vivid scene he has captured. He skillfully captures this scene of olden Singapore through his use of negative space as a border, which creates a faded effect that evokes feelings of wistfulness and nostalgia within the viewer. Lim Tze Peng’s black and white work allows us to experience his artistic skill in its raw form, emphasising its richness in terms of the historical subject depicted, as well as the contemporary relevance of his art.

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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