Lim Cheng hoe 林清河

Biography

Born 1941, China

Background

1960 Graduated from Singapore Art Academy
2002 HSBC Care-for-Nature Heritage Trees Most Beautiful Stamp (Asia)
HSBC Care-for-Nature Heritage Trees 2nd Most Beautiful Stamp (World)
2007 President’s Design Award Designer of the Year
2008 Tan Tsze Chor Art Award
2015 Designed SG50 commemorative notes

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2018    Art, Heart, Soul – Exhibition by Eng SIak Loy, Cape of Good Hope Art
Gallery, Singapore
2009    "A Garden Dialogue" Exhibition, Singapore
2006    "Flower Series" Exhibition, Singapore

Selected Group Exhibitions
2014    India Cultural Exchange, Exhibition of Art, India
2013    Three Man Art Exhibition, “Reminiscence Scenes of the Past”, Singapore
2012    Living with Art, Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery, ION Orchard, Singapore
2011    The First New Expression of World Art Biennial, China
2009    Singapore Art Show 09, by Federation of Art Societies, Singapore
            Landmarks – Taipei by the Society of Chinese Artist, Singapore                 
            “A Garden Dialogue” Exhibition, Singapore
2008    Exhibition, MH Art Gallery, Taiwan International Design Casa, Torino, Italy
1991    2nd Bru-Sin Art Exhibition, National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore
1988    1st Bru-Sin Art Exhibition, National Museum Art Gallery, Negara Brunei
Darussalam
1987    The international Teochew Artists’ Art Exhibition, Singapore
1980    Fifth Festival of Asian Art, Hong Kong
1979    First Asian Graphic Design Biennial – Tehran, Iran
1978    Singapore Artists Group Exhibition, Moscow, Russia
1967    Six-Man Art Exhibition in Malaysia
1965    Six-Man Art Exhibition Victoria Memorial Hall, Singapore


Singapore’s first generation watercolour artist Lim Cheng Hoe is indisputably one of the most respected artists of his time. Humble and modest, Lim was quick to give tactful advice and encouragement to young artists. He founded the Singapore Watercolour Society in 1969, and can count Ong Kim Seng, Leng Joo Wong and many other prominent local watercolorists as his students. Yet, Lim himself was essentially a self-taught artist. He only received brief formal art tutorship in 1930 - 1932, his final years at Raffles Institution, under Richard Walker, the first Art Inspector in Singapore. Through his personal discipline and passion, Lim played a significant role in the development of watercolour in Singapore, through his depiction of the local landscape in the medium.