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Resources > Collections > Artwork La Tour de St. Jacques

Year of execution:  2000
Year of acquisition:  2005
Medium:   Chinese ink and colour on paper
Dimension:  68 x 68  cm
Gift of the artist

Self-taught artist Lim Tze Peng is one of Singapore’s most prominent artists. His understanding of different art styles places him in a unique position that do not adhere to conventional notions of Western painting and Chinese calligraphy but transcends borders. By adopting aspects of different art styles that appeal to him, his art exudes dynamism that can be appreciated from a multitude of lenses.

Lim is an avid traveller who enjoys painting en plein air. In the summer of 2000, he embarked on a two-month residency in Paris and explored the French capital with his paintbrushes in hand. Each day, as he observed the sights and sounds of the city, he would capture his observations and experiences in a painting. At the end of his residency, he had painted over 60 works that showcased the beauty of the City of Lights. Out of these works, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts is honoured to receive 45 paintings as a personal donation by Lim. This collection is the largest contribution by an artist to the NAFA collection.

Dedicated to James, son of Zebedee, the Church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie was one a pitstop for pilgrims following the Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle pilgrimage route. During the French Revolution, much of the former 16th century Church was destroyed and what remains today is the Tour Saint-Jacques.


Lim Tze Peng 林子平