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Exhibition Extravaganza: Lim Tze Peng – National Icon. Centenarian and A Myanmar Heritage at ION Art Gallery


This November, ION Art gallery presents two new art exhibitions showcasing dynamic perspectives of Myanmar and Singapore’s history. Viewers will be able to journey through each country’s rich history and culture, and discover intriguing facts about each country.

Lim Tze Peng – National Icon. Centenarian is presented by Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery to celebrate Lim Tze Peng, a 100-year-old master artist, Meritorious Service Medal and Cultural Medallion recipient. An extraodinary self-taught artist filled with wisdom and unwavering energy, Lim’s works reflect a deep understanding and focus on Chinese philosophy, art and culture. He is most recognised for his characteristic style of outlining his subjects in dark ink and expressive strokes before adding colour through ink or wash.

Having lived through Singapore’s developing years, Lim was deeply affected by the country’s rapid modernisation, and decided to document and capture the posterity of Singapore before it completely vanishes. He imbues romanticism and devotion to tradition in his artworks, and is now best known for his Chinese ink drawings of Chinatown and the Singapore River in the early 80s. To date, Lim continues to push the boundaries and redefines what constitutes art in his creations.

Meanwhile, in A Myanmar Heritage, Archetypal gathers seven artists with different abstract styles, namely Moe Myint Zaw, Kyi Hlaing Aung, Ngwe Aung, Ngwe Phyoe, Lapyae, Chan Nyein Kyaw (better known as CNK) and Min Zayar Oo. Over 70 pieces of artworks will be on display, depicting the various facets of Myanmar’s people, traditions and cultures.

Lim Tze Peng – National Icon. Centenarian runs from 6th to 17th November 2019, while A Myanmar Heritage runs from 22nd November to 1st December 2019 at the ION Art Gallery. For more information, visit their website here

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