102-year-old artist Lim Tze Peng’s artwork to be showcased at The Arts House; paintings inspired by banyan trees

These artworks are made from a hybrid of modern day painting techniques and traditional Chinese inkwork.

Seif Umar

Published: 21 February 2023, 10:30 AM

Renowned centenarian artist Lim Tze Peng’s artworks will be displayed at The Arts House from Mar 11 to 19. 

Organised by Not gallery, a local art gallery for the visual arts scene in Singapore, the exhibition is titled Tree Spirit / 森灵: Visions of the Arboreal by Lim Tze Peng.

A total of 13 pieces of art, inspired by the banyan tree, will be showcased. The works were created between 2006 and 2008 and described by the artist as “visual poems of chaos”.


The paintings depict how Tze Peng embraces opportunities and new creative processes to produce powerful gestural impressions of living in trees. PHOTO CREDIT: NOT GALLERY


Born in 1921, Lim Tze Peng is one of Singapore’s most prominent figures in the local arts scene. He was awarded a cultural medallion in 2003 for his contributions to the nation’s arts and cultural heritage. His specialities include oil painting, Chinese ink, and Chinese calligraphy.

Highly regarded for his Chinese ink paintings of old-world Singapore and abstract hutuzi calligraphy, this exhibition marks an important milestone in Lim’s artistic endeavour where he incorporates modern techniques with traditional Chinese painting brushwork. These include cropping, collaborating with chance, and tilting the picture plane.


Inspired by Banyan trees, Tze Peng’s latest paintings differs from his forte of painting nostalgic Singapore scenes. PHOTO CREDIT: NOT GALLERY


For those looking to have a deeper understanding on the paintings, a Curator Tour will be held on Mar 11 at 4pm. No registration is required to join.

A virtual exhibition with three additional works from the artist’s Tree Spirit series will also be put up on Spatial, from Mar 11 to 31.

The Tree Spirit / 森灵: Visions of the Arboreal by Lim Tze Peng exhibition will be opened between 12pm to 7pm. Admission is free of charge. 

The exhibition is located at The Arts House, Gallery II, 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429.

You may like these