Lim TzE PENG 林子平



In this video, Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery profiles Singaporean artist Lim Tze Peng. He is the oldest living art practitioner in Singapore, whose works are widely collected by art enthusiasts. Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery has been representing Mr Lim's works since year 2000, amassing a collection of his unique paintings.


Born 1921, Singapore


1977    Special Prize, Commonwealth Art Exhibition, England
1981    National Day Award (PBM), Singapore
2003    Cultural Medallion, Singapore
2016    Meritorious Service Medal, Singapore

Selected Exhibitions
2016    Nanyang Treasures, ION Orchard, Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery,
2014    Nanyang Visionaries, Singapore Art Fair, Suntec, Singapore
2013    The Singapore Showcase, The Luxe Art Museum, Cape of Good Hope Art
Gallery, Singapore
2012    Nostalgic Memories of Chinatown, Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery,
2010    My Kampong, My Home: Lim Tze Peng – An exhibition of Lim Tze Peng’s
Early Works of Chinese Ink on Paper, Singapore Management University,
2009    The Calligraphic Impulses by Lim Tze Peng, Cape of Good Hope Art
Gallery, Singapore
      Inroads: The Ink Journey of Lim Tze Peng, National Art Museum of China,
2007    Lim Tze Peng: Singapore River Memory, Cape of Good Hope Good
Hope Art Gallery, Singapore
2007    Spring Echo - Lim Tze Peng Recent Paintings, Cape of Good Hope Good
Hope Art Gallery, Singapore
2003    Tze Peng, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
1998    Meeting Places in Fleeting Spaces, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
1990    International Chinese Calligraphy Exhibition, Seoul, South Korea
1987    Three-man Art Exhibition, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
1977    Royal Overseas League Art Exhibition, London, UK

Lim Tze Peng is a self-taught Singapore artist who is a teacher by training and profession. As Singapore’s most significant living artist at the moment, Lim Tze Peng has a remarkable repertoire of scenes such as Singapore River, Chinatown and Kampung life. Having grown up in the kampongs of Singapore, Lim was deeply affected by the rapid modernisation going on around him while the old Singapore was being torn down to make way for a new, cosmopolitan city. Lim made it his mission to document what was left of the old Singapore before it disappeared. This personal mission would prove to be highly influential on Lim’s artistic exploits as it engendered a sense of romanticism, reminiscence and a reverence for tradition. His latest calligraphic creations are exceptional examples of his pioneering ‘Nanyang’ spirit. Through the creative addition of colour to calligraphy, Lim Tze Peng has created a new expression that is modern, yet holds true to preserving Chinese tradition and culture.