Lim Tze Peng

Ink and Pigment on Paper, 150 x 210 cm

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About the artwork

In the 1990s, Lim Tze Peng moved away from depicting scenes of Singapore’s cityscape and turned his attention to calligraphy. In this abstract work, Lim skillfully uses brushstrokes and complementary colours to produce an exhilarating sense of energy. His quick and bold brush strokes create an aggressive swiftness that generates feelings of dynamic motion and raw energy. The contrast between the warm orange and cool toned green and purple creates an invigorating tension that imbues the work with vibrancy, and causes the bold black brushstrokes to advance towards the viewer. Lim manages to make this abstract work come alive before the viewer, bringing a contemporary feel to the historic tradition of ink paintings and highlighting his artistic mastery that has made him a living legend.

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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