Lot 053

b. Selangor, 1950


Signed and dated 'K. H. Lim 93' (lower centre)
Watercolour on paper
54cm x 74cm

Private Collection, Singapore.

ESTIMATE  RM 12,000 - 15,000


Having exhibited his works in many countries from Asia to Europe, among others, France, Moscow, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, and Singapore, Lim Kim Hai undoubtedly ranks among Malaysia’s finest visual artists. He graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore in 1972 and Ecole Superieure des Beaux Arts, Paris in 1980. Among the awards received were Golden Awards from Salon Des Artistes Francais (Paris, France) in 1980, Golden and Public Awards from Salon Des Beaux Arts, Enghien-Les-Bains, France in 1987. His works are in the collections of prominent private collectors and large corporations in Malaysia, Singapore, France and many others.

Unlike other artists who prefer to narrate their concepts using human figures, landscapes, or still-lifes, Lim Kim Hai takes different subject matters to represent his ideas. Using apples to communicate his thoughts about human traits and situation, Lim Kim Hai beautifully orchestrates the forms and colours of apples looking playful yet serene in their own realm, as seen on the present lot. Through this painting, the artist invites our minds to shuttle between surreal dynamism of harmonious life and daily reality of what humans are actually facing on communal basis.