Lot 089

b. Singapore, 1923


Signed in Chinese with seal (lower left)
Ink and colour on rice paper
101.5cm x 104cm

Private Collection, Penang.

ESTIMATE  RM 15,000 - 25,000

Renowned veteran Singaporean Chinese ink painter Lim Tze Peng is celebrated for his abstract calligraphic paintings and modern rendition of Singapore scenes. Depicted here are perhaps the Chinese characters 如云如水 (like clouds like water) executed in a gestural stylised manner emanating pictographic motifs rather than Chinese characters, a method developed by the artist. The speed and strength of his brushstrokes are evident in his large scale works such as this. He employs vibrant orange in dry brush technique liberally across the picture plane. A rare calligraphic piece by Lim appearing at auction, this piece encapsulates his artistic expression in calligraphy.

Lim Tze Peng attended Chung Cheng High School, graduated in 1948 and subsequently began a teaching career for 32 years. With an artistic career spanning over 8 decades, the self-taught artist draws inspiration from modern ink masters Huang Binhong (1865 – 1955) and Li Keran (1907 – 1989), creating expressive images of Singapore kampong and river scenes as well as calligraphic paintings. He has held numerous exhibitions namely The Journey, Singapore (2013); The Calligraphic Impulses by Lim Tze Peng, Singapore (2009); Inroads: The Ink Journey of Lim Tze Peng (2009), a traveling solo show in Shanghai and Beijing, China; Inroads: Lim Tze Peng’s New Ink Work, Singapore (2008); Lim Tze Peng: Singapore River Memory, Singapore (2007); Spring Echo: Lim Tze Peng Recent Paintings, Singapore (2007); Tze Peng in Paris, Singapore (2006); Infinite Gestures: Recent Paintings by Lim Tze Peng, Singapore (2006), and Tze Peng at Singapore Art Museum in 2003, to name a few. He was honoured with the Singapore Cultural Medallion Award by the Singapore government in 2003, the highest accolade for outstanding achievement in art. His most recent solo exhibition titled Tze Peng: Songs from The Heart is displayed at de Suantio Gallery, Singapore Management University, School of Economics & School of Social Sciences, Singapore from the 21st to the 31st of March 2014.

The Calligraphic Impulses by Lim Tze Peng
, Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery, Singapore, 2009.
Inroads: Lim Tze Peng’s New Ink Work
, Art Retreat Limited, Singapore, 2008.