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 was a teacher and had extensive knowledge of Chinese philosophy and culture. With this strong foundation, despite having no formal art training, Lim executes artworks that grasp the essence of traditional Chinese art. Red Flowers portrays one of Lim’s more traditional artworks, featuring a favourite subject matter in Chinese ink paintings – flowers. His light-handed yet precise paintbrush strokes are skilfully executed, and the different opacities of ink add dimension to the image.