佑记 Yu Ke , 2019
Ink on Paper, 118 x 118 cm
About the artwork
This captivating piece by Singaporean artist Lim Tze Peng depicts a local marketplace rendered in black and white. Despite the monochromatic colour palette, Lim’s use of quick and bold brushstrokes injects the scene with dynamism and swift energy, reflecting the bustling nature of everyday life in Old Singapore. Lim Tze Peng’s black and white work allows us to experience his artistic skill in its raw form, emphasising its richness in terms of the historical subject depicted, as well as the contemporary relevance of his art that connects with viewers of today.
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.