Self-taught artist Lim Tze Peng is one of Singapore’s most prominent artists. His artworks do not adhere to the traditions of Western painting nor Chinese calligraphy. Instead, he adopts different aspects of art forms that appeal to him and, by doing so, envisions creating artworks that are universal.
Lim had begun to adapt his artmaking process to accommodate his physical limitations by the time he turned 86. Instead of travelling to paint on-site, he sought inspiration from his past works and experiences. Gestures in Landscape V presents numerous boats docking at the bay while a small vessel on the edge of the painting makes its way to join the others. This artwork, which uses colours to illustrate the beauty of the setting sun, reveals the artist’s interiority and feelings towards the painting and its depicted subject.