Lim Tze Peng

Ink on Paper, 179 x 140 cm

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About the artwork

Inspired by traditional Bai Miao (白描) techniques, which involve creating strong outlines, Lim Tze Peng would first demarcate the boundaries of his subjects and forms before adding splashes of ink into his work. However, he distanced himself from the pioneers of this technique by using thicker and more expressive strokes instead of the meticulous, careful strokes of the original method. These strokes imbue his paintings with verve and energy, bringing depictions of Chinatown Market, for example, to life.

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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