Lim Tze Peng



Lim Tze Peng (b. 28 September 1923, Singapore -), artist, winner of the Cultural Medallion in 2003, first established his art practice in the early 1950s with a series of oil paintings on Chinese junks. He is best known for the significant number of Chinese ink drawings and paintings of Chinatown and the Singapore River he produced during the early 1980s when urban redevelopment focused on these two areas. Having a solid foundation in Chinese philosophy, art and culture, Lim also practised Chinese calligraphy, especially in the 1990s.  

Early Life
Lim was educated at Chung Cheng High School. Upon graduation, he became a teacher in Xin Min School in 1949. In 1951, he became principal of the school where he remained until 1981.

Accomplishments
Lim participated actively in artist field trips around the Southeast Asian region in the 1960s. From the 1970s onwards, he has participated in several exhibitions - solo and group. His first solo exhibition was in 1970. Since then, he has exhibited his works widely in Singapore and abroad. He held three solo exhibitions in the 1990s and  has participated in more than 20 group exhibitions to date. In the last four years, significant donations of his works have entered the Singapore Art Museum and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts through the artist and his collectors. For his contributions to art, Lim has received several awards including the Cultural Medallion in 2003.

Solo Exhibitions
1970 : 1st Solo Exhibition, Singapore.
1991 : 2nd Solo Exhibition, National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore.
1995 : Moments by Lim Tze Peng, Takashimaya Gallery, Singapore.
1998 : Meeting Places in Fleeting Spaces, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore.
2003 : Tze Peng, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore.

Group Exhibitions
1977 : Royal Overseas League Exhibition, England.
1978 : Singapore Historical Monuments Exhibition, Singapore.
1978 : Singapore Artists Group Exhibition, Moscow, Russia.
1980 : Fifth Festival of Asian Art, Hong Kong.
1981 : Singapore Calligraphy Exhibition, Singapore.
1982 : Seventh International Artists Art Exhibition, Taiwan.
1986 : Eighth International Artists Art Exhibition, Taiwan.
1986 : ASEAN Art Exhibition, various ASEAN countries.
1987 : Three-man Art Exhibition, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan.
1988 : Salon des Artists Francais, Grand Palais, Paris, France.
1988 : NAFA Lecturers Art Exhibition 88, Singapore.
1989 : New York Art Expo 89, New York, USA.
1989 : 1st Bru-Sin Art Exhibition 89, National Museum Art Gallery, Brunei.
1989 : Contemporary Art in Singapore: Where East Meets West, Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam; Deutsche Bank AG, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Nuremburg; Mannheimer Kunstverein, Mannheim; Federal Republic of Germany.
1990 : International Chinese Calligraphy Exhibition, Seoul, South Korea.
1991 : International Chinese Calligraphy Exhibition, Beijing, China.
1993 : Tze Peng by Himself, Art in Asia, Singapore Art Fair 1993, Shenns Fine Art Gallery, Singapore.
1993 : CAP III Inkscape, Singapore Artist Directory Exhibition , Empress Place Museum, Singapore.
1999 : Singapore Art Society 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Singapore.
2000 : 65th Anniversary Exhibition of The Society of Chinese Artists, Singapore.
2004 : Crossroads: Collective Works of Second-Generation Artists, NUS Museum, Singapore..
2005 : The Society of Chinese Artists 70th Anniversary Commemorative Exhibition, Singapore.
2005 : Style & Imagination: Art in the Nanyang Academy, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore.
2006 : Highlights of Southeast Asian Collection, NUS Museum, Singapore.

Awards
1963
: National Day Award (PPA), Singapore.
1977 : Special Prize, Commonwealth Art Exhibition, England.
1981 : National Day Award (PBM), Singapore.
2003 : Cultural Medallion Award, Singapore.



Author
Wang Zineng



References
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Lim, Tze Peng, 1923-
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Award winners
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