Lim Tze Peng

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Ink on Paper, 66 x 63 cm

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About the artwork

Lim is famously known for his Chinese ink drawings and paintings of Chinatown and the Singapore River produced in the early 1980s after having embarked on his artistic journey in the '50s. His paintings of these landmarks reflected the change these prime locations were undergoing during urban development in Singapore. These paintings are a memory of what Lim saw as his kampong transformed into an urbanized capital. They document the cultural diversity and transformation of the city over time.



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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