Lim Tze Peng

b. 1923


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Lim Tze Peng | 林子平 (b. 1923, Singapore) is a second generation Nanyang artist, known for his works of Singaporean scenes – Malay kampongs, the Singapore River and Chinatown. His visual language is a bold amalgamation of traditional and modern techniques drawn from oil painting, Chinese ink and calligraphy.

Lim is a self-taught artist with no formal education in art. He graduated from Chung Cheng High School in 1948 and served for more than three decades (1948 to 1981) at Xin Min Chinese School, first as teacher and later, as its principal. In the 1950s, Lim started practising his art.

In recognition of his achievements and contributions to art, Lim was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 2003. His other notable awards included a special prize in the 1977 Commonwealth Art Exhibition.

Lim’s work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions in Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Europe and the United States of America.  His first local solo exhibition was held in 1970, and his first overseas solo exhibition, Inroad: The Ink Journey of Lim Tze Peng was held in the National Art Museum in Beijing (2009). Lim has also had solo exhibitions at the National Museum Art Gallery (1991) and the Singapore Art Museum (1998 and 2003). Overseas group exhibitions include the Salon des Artists Français at the Grand Palais (1988, Paris), the International Chinese Calligraphy Exhibition (1991, Beijing) and the International Ink Painting Biennale of Shenzhen (2005, Shenzhen).

Lim’s works have been donated to the National Gallery and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts by the artist and his patrons.