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Born 1921, Singapore

Lim Tze Peng is a self-taught Singapore artist who is a teacher by training and profession. As Singapore’s most significant living artist at the moment, Lim Tze Peng has 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 around him while the old Singapore was being torn down 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 personal mission would prove to be highly influential on Lim’s artistic exploits as it engendered a sense of romanticism, reminiscence and a reverence for tradition. His latest calligraphic creations are exceptional examples of his pioneering ‘Nanyang’ spirit. Through the creative addition of colour to calligraphy, Lim Tze Peng has created a new expression that is modern, yet holds true to preserving Chinese tradition and culture.


1977    Special Prize, Commonwealth Art Exhibition, England

1981    National Day Award (PBM), Singapore

2003    Cultural Medallion, Singapore


Selected Exhibitions

2014    Nanyang Visionaries, Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery, ION Orchard, Singapore

2013    The Singapore Showcase, The Luxe Art Museum, Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery, Singapore

Nanyang Inspirations, Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery, ION Orchard,  Singapore

2012    Living with Art, Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery, ION Orchard,  Singapore 

2012    Nostalgic Memories of Chinatown, Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery,  Singapore

2010    My Kampong, My Home: Lim Tze Peng – An exhibition of Lim Tze Peng’s Early Works of Chinese Ink on Paper, Singapore Management University, Singapore

2009    The Calligraphic Impulses by Lim Tze Peng, Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery, Singapore

2009    Inroads: The Ink Journey of Lim Tze Peng, National Art Museum of  China, Beijing 

2007    Lim Tze Peng: Singapore River Memory, Cape of Good Hope Good 

Hope Art Gallery, Singapore

2007    Spring Echo – Lim Tze Peng Recent Paintings, Cape of Good Hope Good Hope Art Gallery,Singapore

2003    Tze Peng, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

1998    Meeting Places in Fleeting Spaces, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

1998    Fascinating Landscapes, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore 

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