Lim Tze Peng

Teochew Street 1973, 1973
Ink on Paper, 65 x 65 cm

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About the artwork

Singaporean artist Lim Tze Peng is renowned for his Chinese ink drawings and paintings of post-independence Singapore, as well as his calligraphy. Lim captures a scene of a Chinatown shophouse, in which a number of workers prepare goods to be sold for the day, whilst various clothing articles are hung out to dry on the upper floors. Lim renders the intricate architecture of the old shophouses through his bold brushstrokes, which he also uses expressively to add colour to the work, imbuing the scene with energy characteristic of bustling Chinatown. He skillfully balances warm and cool colours, evoking nostalgia through earth-toned colours, while also creating a sense of energy through his unexpected use of blue. Lim exquisitely manages to capture the details of the scene in this charming work, enabling us to glimpse an evocative moment in Singapore’s vivid past.

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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