Ink on Paper, 100 x 100 cm
USD 14,100 – 20,100
About the artwork
Lim’s vivid rendering of a tree reflects his enduring fascination with the perennial plant, and his admiration of the way they grow with vitality. This semi-abstract work features thick and bold brush strokes representing the strong roots and trunk of the tree, that enable it to stay upright even in times of chaos, which Lim feels is much like the values of a virtuous individual. The work’s vivid colour palette consists of vibrant washes of green, orange and yellow, as well as short and quick black brushstrokes, which work in harmony to capture the spirit of the sturdy tree, presenting it gloriously as being full of life. The work clearly highlights Lim’s appreciation of nature, as well as his artistic skill in capturing the details of the tree.
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.