Lim Tze Peng

LPS- A Busy Day at Chinatown
Ink on Paper, 199 x 239 cm

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About the artwork

This black and white work by Singaporean artist Lim Tze Peng depicts a street in Chinatown, bustling with pedestrians, sellers and patrons. Through Lim’s use of the monochromatic medium and his careful handling of ink, he aims for the strokes themselves to encapsulate his artistic intention and convey a strong sense of emotion. In this painting, light and dark modulate the contours of the artwork, generating a vibrancy and energetic spirit that makes the scene come alive. The lines he uses are bold and confident, articulating the forms of the people, architecture and articles such as the tarpaulin and carts. Through his artistic skill, Lim creates a spirited work that captures the energy and spirit of old Singapore, preserving this memory for future generations to appreciate.

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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