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.In the 1970s Lim switched from oil to ink painting as it enabled him to paint with speed on his outdoor painting trips. This painting of sarong-clad women drying fish on the beach is probably produced on one of the trips undertaken with fellow artists.