Lim Tze Peng

Abstract Calligraphy, 2018
Ink on Paper, 150 x 210 cm

USD 39,700 – 56,700


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About the artwork

This abstract calligraphy work draws comparison to Tze Peng’s unwavering appreciation for trees, but instead of meandering branches, he applies thick strokes of Chinese Calligraphic letters. The deep colours of the work allow the painting to take on a still life persona, as if we were looking at a vase of flowers on a centre table instead of cleverly placed Chinese characters. The hints of green at the edges further drive this image home, showing the artist’s meticulous addition of every element with a specific purpose to the overall image. This is yet another example of the artist’s ability to convert his calligraphy into visual images and the mastery he shows at this skill. The austere calligraphic word has become a creative instrument in his hands, with him morphing and curving his words until they bring to mind imaginative connotations instead.

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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