Lot 051

b. Kedah, 1954


Signed and dated 'HH Lim 2011' (lower right)
Acrylic on canvas
99cm x 152cm

Private Collection, Penang.

ESTIMATE  RM 40,000 - 60,000

Flying Image in Blue Project is H.H. Lim’s stunning rendition of the Cessna 120/140, perhaps one of the most important aircrafts in aviation history. Distinctively built in 1945 with its wings on top, the production of Cessna is built as a civilian aircraft post World War Two. Projected on a blue backdrop, the silhouette of the ‘flying image’ is outlined in fine bold white lines -interweaving with one another connecting from point to point refined by drips of light blue and white that visually conforms to the aesthetics of an illustrious quality.

H.H. Lim has been practicing art in Rome from 1976 and has remained there ever since to pursue his artistic endeavour. His topic of interest includes language and communication - a central theme that tackle linguistics issues. He is also known to employ elements of everyday-life in his works from the 1980s such as ‘religious objects and images, linguistic images, cuisine recipes, objects of everyday use, arms of defense, political images’ to represent ‘the resistance of survival to everyday life’
H.H. Lim, popularly known as ‘Peter’, is among the most highprofiled Malaysian international artists today, and is an item in major international art publications and art auctions. He is an installation cum Neo-Conceptual artist, with a penchant for colossal works, often non-conventional, which occupy huge spaces. While his works are conceptual in nature and transcendental in intention, wry words and content are central elements in his art, achieving poetic effect coupled with his elegant choice of materials. At times, he is also a performance artist. He was born in Alor Star in Kedah, but grew up in Penang and has been based in Rome since his studies there although now he returns regularly to Penang. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, graduating in 1976. This year, he has been featured in the Cuban Pavilion of the Venice Biennale and was also involved in the Prague Biennale. Besides the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, he has also been specially invited for the John Cage Experiments And Its Context, NCCA, Moscow. His major solos include Daily Music at the IzuZone Fine Arts Penang (2012); Forte Piano, Rome, (2012); Il Tesoro Nascosto, The Westin Excelsior, Rome (2012) and at GNAM (Galleria Nazionale d’arte Moderna, Rome); Hidden Treasure (Tang Gallery Bangkok (2011); ConcentrAzione, Milan (2011); and the Gone With The Wind exhibition.

Il Tesoro Nascosto di H.H. Lim, Galleria Nazionale D’arte Moderna,
Palombi & Partner, 2011.