Under the Old Tree

Born in 1923, Lim Tze Peng is largely a self-taught artist. In his oeuvre, ink paintings and calligraphic works feature prominently, although there is a small number of oils, watercolours and drawings. He created a unique style of ink painting using rich brush and tonal details, and this approach is often regarded as a manifestation of the Nanyang Style in the ink medium. Lim, a school principal until his retirement in the early 1980s, was awarded the Cultural Medallion by the Singapore government in 2003.Trees, like boats, have been the subject of numerous paintings by Lim, who has sought them out in many different locations during his artistic career. In ‘Under the Old Tree’ a sturdy tree takes centre stage as villagers sit comfortably under its arching branches.