Amid the uncertainties Covid-19 has brought us, a senior Singaporean artist will be holding his very first virtual solo exhibitions with Ode To Art gallery. Centenarian Lim Tze Peng has been unceasing this past year, rigorously painting and revisiting scenes of pre-modernised Singapore.
Lim Tze Peng is one of Singapore’s most significant artists and a living legend. Celebrating his 100th birthday this 28 September which coincides with the opening of the virtual exhibition, A Century of Memories, Lim will be showcasing 20 new works. Separated into 3 virtual galleries, Lim’s exhibitions will feature his earlier works on Singapore’s scenes that were painted en plein air in one room, progressing into works painted in late 2019 to the present – with vivid scenes of Singapore painted from memory, and a final room which will showcase 100 works by art collectors and their greetings to Lim.
Lim’s latest works featuring Singapore scenes are painted from memory, something he has been continually doing for over a decade when going out for plein air painting proved to be too tiresome. These impressions of Singapore are plucked from the past, a juxtaposition to scenes of today which differ greatly and a marked transition in his style of painting where previously it was “I see and I paint, now it’s I reflect and I paint.” Lim who does not usually use a lot of colours in his paintings made an exception for his Chinatown scenes, painting them in colours to capture the quirky charm of this part of Singapore. Even at 100 years old, Lim continues to paint monumental, larger than life, Singapore scenes. Clipping the rice paper onto wooden boards, he paints these scenes standing up – spending a few hours a day to realise the scenes from memory to reality.
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