Lim Tze Peng

Bumboats in the Harbour
Ink and Pigment on Paper, 120 x 240 cm

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About the artwork

This work by Lim Tze Peng depicts a scene of the Singapore River, which is bustling with activity and energy. Four bumboats are docked beside the harbour, with the goods they delivered being brought to the shophouses that line the sides of the river. Lim uses bold brushstrokes in this work, that clearly define the forms of the boats, shophouses, as well as the rippling of the water. The earth toned colours used in this work are warm and inviting, and reflect the rustic subject depicted. Lim captures the sights and details of old Singapore and conveys the atmosphere with the exquisite skill that has made him a prolific Singaporean artist and 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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