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Oil on canvas, 550 x 650 mm

Lim Tze Peng, born in 1921, is a revered Singaporean artist honored with the Cultural Medallion in 2003. His career transitioned from teaching to professional painting, with notable exhibitions showcasing his evolving creativity. Despite retiring in 1981, Lim continued creating art, even at 102, displaying his enduring passion. Raised in Pasir Ris, he embarked on his educational journey through primary and high school before teaching at Xin Min School. His artistic journey began in his twenties, culminating in prestigious awards like the Cultural Medallion and the Meritorious Service Medal. Each exhibition, including the "Soul of Ink: Lim Tze Peng at 100 Exhibition," depicts a chapter in his artistic evolution.


Lim Tze Peng, born on September 28, 1921, is a distinguished Singaporean artist whose life and work are woven into the rich fabric of the nation's cultural narrative. A teacher by training and profession, he received the esteemed Cultural Medallion in 2003 for his significant contributions to Singapore's art and culture.

Born into a family of pig and chicken farmers in Pasir Ris, he is the eldest of seven children. Lim's educational journey took him through Guangyang Primary School and Chung Cheng High School. In 1949, he embarked on a career as a primary school teacher at Xin Min School, eventually becoming its principal in 1951, a position he held until his retirement in 1981.


Lim Tze Peng's early career focused on oil, watercolor, and later ink, predominantly painting outdoors. Initially depicting kampong scenes, he later shifted to capturing Singapore River and Chinatown views. His pre-2000 works were figurative and meticulously detailed.


In his 80s, unable to paint outdoors, he transitioned to a studio, producing mainly abstract pieces, notably focusing on trees. This phase marked his most innovative period, creating boldly expressive and colorful large-format works. He experimented with various calligraphy styles, garnering recognition including exhibitions in China and prestigious awards like the Cultural Medallion and the Meritorious Service Medal, solidifying his status as a renowned artist.


林子平在庆祝自己102岁生日的同时,开设了“林子平艺术之家”画廊,开幕当天,国务资政吴作栋先生为开幕嘉宾。开设画廊是林子平的终身梦想,展出他创作的油画,水墨画以及抽象书法作品,展现了之平先生多才多艺的艺术之旅。 所有展品每三个月将更新一次。


Lim Tze Peng embarked on a road trip to Malaya in 1960, leading to the formation of the 10 Men Art Group in 1961. Their inaugural exhibition, opened by Minister for Culture S Rajaratnam, marked a significant milestone. Lim held his first solo exhibition in 1970 and later joined a group expedition to India, Nepal, Burma, and Thailand in 1971.


Transitioning to ink painting in 1973, he further established himself with notable exhibitions and publications, including "Meeting Places in Fleeting Spaces" in 1998 and "Tze Peng" at the Singapore Art Museum in 2003. His centennial was celebrated with the "Soul of Ink: Lim Tze Peng at 100 Exhibition" in 2021, followed by "VIEW IT/ LIM TZE PENG - NATIONAL ICON. CENTENARIAN" in 2023.


Lim Tze Peng's artistic journey was marked by significant achievements. In 1977, he won the Special Prize at the Commonwealth Art Exhibition in England, despite initial rejection locally. In 2003, he was honored with the Cultural Medallion, recognizing his contributions to Singapore's art scene.


Additionally, he became the first Singaporean artist to exhibit in China in 2009, showcasing his works at prestigious venues like the National Art Museum of China in Beijing and the Liu Haisu Art Museum in Shanghai. Notably, in 2016, he became the oldest living artist to receive the Meritorious Service Medal, joining a select group of pioneer artists.



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