Lim Tze Peng

Black & White - Lim Tze Peng solo exhibition, 2012
, cm

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About the artwork

A Ode to Art gallery was proud to have held Lim Tze Peng’s solo exhibition. Lim Tze Peng is one of Singapore’s most respected pioneering artists, winner of the Cultural Medallion in 2003. This exhibition featured his new series of black and white works of intricate and meticulous details, harking back to the era of calligraphic writing and scholarly intent, where the strokes are significant as the written word itself. This exhibition focused on his works in a spectrum of three colors: black, white and the symphonic grey. “Eventually”, Tze Peng maintains, “black and white compositions must fulfill the role of color”. The artist is best known for the significant number of Chinese ink drawings and paintings of Chinatown and the Singapore urban development, conveying senses of longing for peaceful 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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