LIM TZE PENG 林子平
Singapore | 1921
Lim Tze Peng is a self-taught Singapore artist who was a teacher by profession. As Singapore’s most significant living artist, Lim Tze Peng works include a remarkable repertoire of scenes such as Singapore River, Chinatown and Kampung life. Having grown up in the kampongs of Singapore, Lim was deeply affected by the rapid modernization going on to make way for a new, cosmopolitan city. Lim made it his mission to document what was left of the old Singapore before it disappeared. This mission proved to be highly influential on Lim’s art as it engendered a sense of romanticism, reminiscence and a reverence for tradition.
His latest calligraphic creations are examples of his pioneering ‘Nanyang’ spirit. Through the addition of colour to calligraphy, Lim Tze Peng has created a new expression that is modern, yet holds true to the preservation of Chinese tradition and culture.