Lim Tze Peng

Street Food, 1973
Ink on Paper, 65 x 65 cm

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About the artwork

Singapore’s living legend, Lim Tze Peng, tirelessly documented scenes of post-independence Singapore that captured a significant period before the rapid modernization of the city began, amassing a collection of almost 500 paintings of landmark scenes. In this work, Lim depicts a roadside food stall in Chinatown, with a number of patrons enjoying their meals. His attentive brushstrokes render the iconic architecture of Chinatown’s shophouses and their patrons with delicacy, and this is reinforced by the painting’s washes of rustic earth toned colours. Through his skillful mastery, Lim beautifully captures a fleeting moment in Singapore’s past and evokes a sense of nostalgia for bygone days.

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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