Lim Tze Peng


Singaporean
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Calligraphy BD
Bustling Streets of Chinatown
早秋 - 许浑 LP - Autumn Morning by Xu Hun
Market
Teochew Street 1973
Old Singapore Landscape
Street Food
Boats on Balinese Shores - 岸上渔舟 - 1970
The Beginnings
2014
IND LP - 秋登萬山寄張五 - 孟浩然 - Autumn Ascent of Wan Mountain for Zhang Wu by Meng Haoran
Alley way in Singapore
1980
LP 洞庭秋水
BD 小自在 - Carefree
LP 海(Sea)
USD 6,100.00
Singapore River
1977
Abstract Calligraphy
L4 Roots IV
BD 空山松子落、幽人应未眠《秋夜寄丘員外》 (On an Autumn Night to Councillor Qiu by Wei Yingwu)
志气,Righteousness
USD 9,000.00
Abstract Calligraphy
2018
Another persepctive
Tree Series
Roots
IND Trees Series
Singapore Street Scene
LP - (254) A Busy Morning At Boat Quay
2013
LP (252) - A Busy Day At Chinatown
2013
Shophouse Coffee Shop
Street Market
Fruit Stores at the Market
Shophouse Stores
Street Market Wholesalers
Busy Day at the Market
Bumboats in front of Elgin Bridge
Bumboats and Shophouses
Bumboats on the Singapore River
Chinatown Shophouse and Potted Plants
Coffeeshops at Chinatown
Untitled
Untitled
Untitled
Untitled
View of Singapore River
Untitled
Sunset at the Singapore River
Bumboats in the Harbour
LIM TZEPENG SOLO EXHB IN INDIA MUSEUM

About The Artist

Born in Singapore on 28 September 1921, Lim Tze Peng is one of Singapore’s most significant artists and a living legend. Renowned for his Chinese ink drawings and paintings of post-independence Singapore, he also practices Chinese calligraphy. Alongside numerous solo and group exhibitions, both local and international, his masterpieces are exhibited in the Singapore Art Museum and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and are 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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Even though Lim was born and educated in Singapore, his diligent studies and daily dedication to practicing his craft enabled him to excel in the Chinese ink tradition. His new ink works are deeply rooted in tradition, yet, they have a palpably contemporary feel and can be enjoyed by those who are schooled in other traditions.

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 1950s. His paintings of these landmarks signified and reflected the change these prime locations were undergoing during urban development in Singapore. These paintings are a memory of what Lim saw as a Singaporean watching his kampong transform into an urbanized capital, and documented the cultural diversity and transformation of the city. Lim shows that Singapore's multi-cultural environment may provide a context in which artists can respond to a variety of influences without being trapped in a defensive form of traditionalism or a superficial form of cosmopolitanism. 

Having a solid foundation in Chinese philosophy, art and culture, Lim also practiced Chinese calligraphy, especially in the 1990s. Lim's creative impulses for his new works is clear, where previously it was "I see and I paint, now it's I reflect and I paint." His latest series of calligraphic works reveal a new level of artistic maturity - their raw energy reflect an aggressive swiftness and decisive ferocity, injecting the calligraphy with invigorating tension.


Awards

2016
Meritorious Service Medal at the National Day Awards.

2003
Cultural Medallion Award, Singapore

1981
National Day Award (PBM), Singapore

1977
Special Prize,Commonwealth Art Exhibition, England

1963
National Day Award (PPA), Singapore

Collections 

Housing Development Board Singapore 
Prime Minister's Office Singapore 
Singapore Airline, 
Singapore Art Museum 
Overseas Chinese Banking Corporation 
United Overseas Bank 
Swiss Bank 
Four Seasons Hotel, Singapore 
Shenn's Fine Art, Singapore 
IBM Singapore Pte Ltd 
Lee Kong Chian Art Museum
National University of Singapore 

 

Exhibitions

2019
墨缘 - The Spirit of Ink, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, India

2018
Portrait of the Heart -  心象, Ode to Art, Singapore

2016
Evening Climb: The Later Style of Lim Tze Peng, National University of Singapore Museum, Singapore.

2015
Solo Exhibition, Impressions, Ode to Art, Singapore

2013
Solo Exhibition 攀登 The Journey, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay 

2012
Black and White, Ode to Art Gallery, Singapore 
Tze Peng in Bali, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore 

2010 
My Kampong, My Home, Singapore Management University Gallery, Singapore 

2009 
Inroads:The Ink Journey of Lim Tze Peng, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, 
China Inroads:The Ink Journey of Lim Tze Peng, Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai, China 

2008 
Inaugural Exhibition, NTU Art and Heritage Gallery, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 
Inroads: Lim Tze Peng's New Ink Work, Art Retreat Museum, Singapore 

2007
Lim Tze Peng: Singapore River Memory, Cape of Good Hope Gallery, Singapore 2006 
Tze Peng in Paris, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore 
Infinite Gestures-Recent Paintings by Lim Tze Peng, Singapore Tyler Print Institute,Singapore

2003 
Tze Peng,Singapore Art Museum, Singapore


Videos


An interview by 96.3's FM DJ Anna with our beloved artist, Lim Tze Peng.
Lim Tze Peng
What's In My Portfolio: Lim Tze Peng
Lim Tze Peng
"Art is a never-ending journey. Even at the age of 99, I continue making art, thinking of making new breakthroughs every day. I will continue to paint and write calligraphy whenever I can." Lim Tze Peng
Tuesday Report - Ninety Years Young - Lim Tze Peng
Lim Tze Peng
By Channel 8. 98-year-old artist Lim Tze Peng works diligently on his paintings and calligraphy every day from afternoon to dusk. He seems to transcend the natural limits of old age as his paintings become progressively larger and his colours ever bolder as if he is racing against the clock to play with his creativity to the very end. Mr Lim gives his all in this brave race – as long as the embers of life glow on, he will keep reaching for the horizon of artistic resplendence.
A Life Filled with Art - Lim Tze Peng by The Straits Times
Lim Tze Peng
Lim Tze Peng, 97, is Singapore's oldest living pioneer artist. The Cultural Medallion winner's latest solo exhibition, Portrait Of The Heart, runs from July 26 to Aug 12 at Ode To Art gallery in Raffles City Shopping Centre.
Lim Tze Peng's Portrait of the Heart solo exhibition | CNA Lifestyle Experiences
Lim Tze Peng
An exclusive grand opening for 98-year-old Cultural Medallion awardee Lim Tze Peng's solo exhibition at Ode To Art Gallery is the latest in a series of exclusive CNA Lifestyle events.
SINGAPORE SERIES: Sculpture - Art Lecture Full Video
Ong Kim Seng, Lim Tze Peng, Zhu Hong, Hong Zhu An
By Jeffrey Say
SINGAPORE SERIES: Painting - Art Lecture Full Video
Various Artists
Interview with Lim Tze Peng
Lim Tze Peng
This is a video recording of an interview conducted with artist-calligrapher, Lim Tze Peng, 87, recipient of the Cultural Medallion Award for Art in 2003 and best known for the significant number of Chinese ink drawings of Chinatown and the Singapore River he produced during the early 1980s. The video traces his artistic career, and records his thoughts on his own works, artistic style, inspiration, working habits and philosophy of life. Included are commentaries by Koh Seow Chuan, art collector, and Dr. Ho Chee Lick, artist, as well as visual presentations of his selected works of oil and ink paintings and his calligraphy. Narration in English and interview conducted in Mandarin with English subtitles. All Rights Reserved. National Library Board Singapore 2007.
Lim Tze Peng - Singapore's Living National Treasure
Lim Tze Peng
Artist and Cultural Medallion recipient Lim Tze Peng is Singapore's oldest living second-generation artist. Such is Lim's worldwide renown that the home-grown artist had more than 50 of his works exhibited at China's prestigious National Art Museum last year. A painter who is so absorbed in his craft, Lim's wife exlaims that art is Lim's first love, while she is his second wife. Disclaimer: Ode to Art does not own this video. All rights belong to ArtyiiPerspective

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Lim Tze Peng
The Spirit of Ink

Ode to Art in collaboration with Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum , IDF Singapore, and the Consulate-General of the Republic of Singapore presents ‘The Spirit of Ink’ by Singapore’s pioneer artist Lim Tze Peng - his solo exhibition in Mumbai, India.
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Impressions by Lim Tze Peng

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Larger Than Life

Lim Tzepeng - Larger than Life series is a compilation of 15 works that is prepared for Art Stage Singapore 2014
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Lim Tze Peng - Black & White

The dominant feature of the black and white works may be the line and form, but we cannot overlook the fundamentals of Chinese ink execution that present so vividly still through Tze Peng's enterprise.
Lim Tze Peng
The Journey of Lim Tze Peng

Journey is an insight into the artistic passage of the cultural medallion winner and much respected Singaporean icon Mr. Lim Tze Peng.
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Lim Tze Peng Book

Lim Tze Peng Book
Lim Tze Peng
The Journey of Lim Tze Peng

Cultural Medallion winner, Lim Tze Peng was born in Singapore in 1923. Largely self-taught, Tze Peng drew from the available traditions evident at the birth of Singapore's artistic scene in the 30s and 40s.