Lim Tze Peng

Street Food Under the Trees
Ink and Pigment on Paper, 68 x 93 cm

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About the artwork

This black and white work by Lim Tze Peng captures a scene of street food stalls situated under magnificent trees, and filled with stallholders and various patrons enjoying their meals. Lim uses bold lines which articulate the defined forms of the stalls, figures and the trees in the background of the composition, while the rich tonal harmonies define the negative spaces through the blend of black and white shades over white. The artist uses washes of colour to depict the figures, imbuing this moment captured with life and energy. Lim utilisies negative space in the composition as a border, generating feelings of nostalgia and wistfulness, and reminding the viewer that this was a fleeting moment in history.

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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