For the Future Generation (为了下一代)

Lim Yew Kuan (b. 1928) is one of the most prominent of Singapore’s second-generation artists, who emerged in the local art scene in the 1950s. Born in Xiamen city of China, Lim moved together with his family to Singapore in the late 1930s. His father Lim Hak Tai was the founding principle of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1938. Lim graduated from the Academy in 1950 and later joined the Equator Art Society as one of its founding members and the first president in 1956. During the period from 1958 to 1962, he pursued further study at Chelsea School of Art in London, UK. From 1964 to 1979, Lim served as the second principle of the Nanyang Academy and later continued to teach there until his retirement in 1994. In 2011, Lim Yew Kuan received the Cultural Medallion, a Singapore cultural award conferred to those who have achieved artistic excellence. The print “For the Future Generation” is representative of Lim’s early woodcut work, featuring a teacher correcting students’ work late at night. Similar to that of his contemporaries, other local woodcut artists such as Tan Tee Chee and Choo Keng Kwang, Lim Yew Kuan’s early woodcuts were focused on the reflection of social life and their expression of human concerns.

Artist Name
Lim Yew Kuan
Image size: 21.5 x 21.9 cm, Frame size: 52.4 x 52.4 cm
Accession No.
Collection of
National Gallery Singapore