Lim Tze Peng (b. 28 September 1921, Singapore - present), artist, winner of the Cultural Medallion in 2003, first established his art practice in the early 1950s with a series of oil paintings on Chinese landscapes.
He is best known for the significant number of Chinese ink drawings and paintings of Chinatown and the Singapore River he produced during the early 1980s when urban redevelopment focused on these two areas. Heavily surrounded Having a solid foundation in Chinese philosoby the growth of modernism and urbbanization in Singapore, Lim documents the cultural diversity and transformation of the city Having a solid foundation in Chinese philosophy, art and culture, Lim also practised Chinese calligraphy, especially in the 1990s.
n 2009, Lim Tze Peng had his solo exhibition in the prestigious Beijing and Liu Hai Su Museum of Shanghai.
Even though Lim was born and educated in Singapore, his diligent studies and daily dedication to practising 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 shows that Singaporeâ€™s multi-cultural environment may provide a context in which artists can respond to a variety of influences without being rapped in a defensive form of traditionalism or a superficial form of cosmopolitanism.
Limâ€™s creative impulses for his new works is clear, where previously it was â€śI see and I paint, now itâ€™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 an invigorating tension.
Lim was educated at Chung Cheng High School. Upon graduation, he became a teacher in Xin Min School in 1949. In 1951, he became principal of the school where he remained until 1981.
Lim participated actively in artist field trips around the Southeast Asian region in the 1960s. From the 1970s onwards, he has participated in several exhibitions - solo and group. His first solo exhibition was in 1970. Since then, he has exhibited his works widely in Singapore and abroad. He held three solo exhibitions in the 1990s and has participated in more than 20 group exhibitions to date. In the last four years, significant donations of his works have entered the Singapore Art Museum and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts through the artist and his collectors. For his contributions to art, Lim has received several awards including the Cultural Medallion in 2003.
Housing Development Board Singapore
Prime Ministerâ€™s Office Singapore
Singapore Airline, Singapore Art Museum
Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation
United Overseas Bank
Four Seasons Hotel, Singapore
Shennâ€™s Fine Art, Singapore
IBM Singapore Pte Ltd
Lee Kong Chian Art Museum, National University of Singapore
|2003||Cultural Medallion Award, Singapore|
|1981||National Day Award (PBM), Singapore|
|1977||Special Prize,Commonwealth Art Exhibition, England|
|1963||National Day Award (PPA), Singapore|
|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 Pengâ€™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|
|1998||Meeting Places in Fleeting Spaces, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore|
|1995||Moments by Lim Tze Peng, Takashimaya Gallery, Singapore|
|1991||2nd Solo Exhibition, National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore|
|1970||1st Solo Exhibition, Singapore|
|2005||The Society of Chinese Artists 70th Anniversary Commemorative Exhibition, Singapore|
|2004||Crossroads: Collected Works of Second-Generation Artists, NUS Museum, Singapore|
|2000||65th Anniversary Exhibition of The Society of Chinese Artists, Singapore|
|1999||Singapore Art Society 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Singapore|
|1993||CAP III Inkscape, Singapore Artists Directory Exhibition, Empress Place Museum,Singapore|
|1991||International Chinese Calligraphy Exhibition, Beijing, China|
|1989||New York Art Expo 89, New York, USA|
|1st Bru-Sin Art Exhibition 89, National Museum Art Gallery, Brunei|
|1988||Salon des Artists Francais, Grand Palais, Paris, France|
|NAFA Lecturers Art Exhibition 88, Singapore|
|1986||ASEAN Art Exhibition, various ASEAN countries|
|1982||Seventh International Artists Art Exhibition, Taiwan|
|1980||Fifth Festival of Asian Art, Hong Kong|
|1978||Singapore Artists Group Exhibition, Moscow, Russia|
|1977||Royal Overseas League Exhibition, England|