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 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 captured his observations and experiences by painting. At the end of his residency, he painted over 60 works showcasing the city’s beauty. Out of these works, the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts is honoured to receive 45 paintings as a personal donation by Lim – the largest contribution by an artist to the NAFA collection.
A verdant oasis overflows in View from the Bridge. In the background, the artist uses colours to intentionally evoke a misty atmosphere and bring contrast to the foreground. Deep green brushstrokes weave themselves into buildings and encroach on the bridge. With dabs of yellow appearing to dance around the stream, Lim paints a scene that looks luminous and magical. This artwork lauds Lim’s proficiency in incorporating nature and man-made architecture, articulating their harmonious co-existence.