Self-taught calligrapher Lim See Young was born in Malaysia and moved to Singapore when he was 6. He had always been interested in Chinese calligraphy. Even while he pursued a degree in Mathematics at Nanyang University, he was always learning about and practicing Chinese calligraphy. Post-graduation, Lim took a break from Chinese calligraphy to pursue his career. However, since his retirement, he has returned to practicing the art and is passionate about sharing his knowledge with the next generation of artists.
Untitled demonstrates Lim’s writing of the poem, 《湖上晚归》. Composed by Jiang Shiquan (1725 – 1785) from the Qing dynasty, it presents the poet’s observations while returning home one evening in the late autumn. He describes the drizzle, the sound of nature through the wind and the leaves shedding and withering on the ground as he witnesses a flock of birds flying back to their nests below the roof. As the moonlight peeks through the trees, the surface of the lake flickers, bringing him warmth in the chilly autumn twilight.