Lim Tze Peng

Bustling Streets of Chinatown (circa 2005)
Ink on Paper, 200 x 235 cm

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About the artwork

Warm tones of sunlight are captured, illuminating the sepia hues of the roofs of houses. Coupled with the vibrant pinks and greens of shutters, the life contained within is deftly presented - showcasing the artist’s ability to depict both multitudes and the individual in the same scene. Lim Tze Peng presents a picture that encompasses the past and enlivens it with glimpses of life and motion. Intricate strokes derived from calligraphy and the use of classic ink wash imbue the image with gradients and tones that exude emotion. He depicts bustling streets thronged with hawkers and passers-by. The awnings and facades of houses are infused with detail and the entire image opens up into a birds-eye view of the Singapore of the past.The large-scale painting is testament to the far-ranging vision of the artist and his meticulous skill that merges with emotion in flowing strokes of ink.

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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