Lim Tze Peng

LP-Bumboats in front of Elgin Bridge, 1981
Ink on Rice Paper, 67 x 67 cm

USD 22,600 – 32,300

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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. Three bumboats are foregrounded in this work, and have vibrant washes of warm colours, which immediately draws the viewer’s eyes to them. These boats were utilized for transporting cargo in the past, and even now are a characteristic sight along the Singapore river. Lim’s placement of the boats in this composition highlight their significance, especially in scenes of the river. Elgin Bridge is depicted in the distance, with Singapore’s ever-expanding cityscape behind it, creating a sense of depth through these horizontal layers. Lim expertly captures a scene on the river through his attentive brushstrokes, imbuing it with warmth and vibrancy through washes of colour that reflect a bustling moment in the country’s past.



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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