Lim Tze Peng

A Busy Morning at Boat Quay
Ink on Paper, 196 x 228 cm



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About the artwork

Lim Tze Peng is well-known for his scenes of the Singapore River - effectively capturing the lifeline of Singapore for over 150 years through vivid colour and rhythmic lines. The banks of Boat Quay contained warehouses and jetties, bumboats bore goods along the bustling waters affectionately termed ‘Mother River’- which were integral for developments in trade and economic growth. The changing landscape of the river mirrored the transition of the nation into a modern metropolis and Lim Tze Peng deems the river worthy of remembrance. His paintings preserve the memories of Singapore's heritage.

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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