Lim Tze Peng

LP Bumboats and Shophouses
Ink on Rice Paper, 45 x 67 cm

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About the artwork

Prolific Singaporean artist Lim Tze Peng was committed to capturing scenes of Singapore’s unique culture and heritage, during a time when the country was beginning its rapid urbanisation. In this work, Lim depicts a line of bumboats being brought towards the banks of the river, where a number of shophouses line the street. Through his use of horizontal layering, depth is created in the work, while Lim also creates a curved line through the positioning of the bumboats, mimicking the natural flow of water, and drawing the viewer's eye towards the shophouses. The bumboats and shophouses have warm washes of colour, which brings life and vitality to the work, while the grey washes of the water and trees evoke notions of tranquility and peace. Using negative space as a border, Lim creates an atmospheric work that skillfully captures a fleeting moment in olden Singapore.



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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