National Gallery Singapore - Exhibitions - Lim Cheng Hoe: Painting Singapore

EXHIBITION OVERVIEW

 

Lim Cheng Hoe (1912–1979) was the leading watercolour artist of his generation and one of the founders of the Singapore Watercolour Society. Largely self-taught, he studied painting under the then-art inspector of schools, Richard Walker, and honed his skills in the 1950s and 1970s by practicing and interacting with fellow artists during outdoor painting sessions.

 

Beginning with the early days of his practice in the 1930s, this exhibition features over 60 artworks, sketches and archival materials that highlight Lim’s mastery of outdoor watercolour landscape painting.

 

EXHIBITION DETAILS

 

Dates 2 Aug 2018–9 Jun 2019

 

Gallery Level 4 Gallery

 

Location City Hall Wing, Level 4

 

Pricing General admission | FREE* for Singaporeans and PRs

 

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* Please collect your tickets from Level B1 with a valid proof of identity.

 


ABOUT LIM CHENG HOE

 

National Gallery Singapore - Lim Cheng Hoe: Painting Singapore - Bio  

Born in 1912, Amoy (d.1979, Singapore), Lim Cheng Hoe moved to Singapore in 1919 at 7 years old. His father wanted him to have English-language education in Singapore, and he studied in Raffles Institution from 1928–32. In that period, he also received art instruction from artist Richard Walker, the first art inspector of schools from 1930–1932. Lim also attended informal art classes run by Walker from 1932–35. Lim aspired to be an artist and go to the Royal Academy in London to study art but was financially unable to pursue his dreams.

 

Employed as a clerk, he was in the civil service (PUB) till he retired in 1966. During this time, he got married and had his first child, Hock Ann, in 1945, and they stayed in Amoy Street after the war. In 1954, he became a member of the Singapore Art Society, and continued to meet other artists at the YMCA to do live drawing. Lim usually painted by the Singapore River and other locations on Sundays. Other artists like Chia Wai Hon, Ong Kim Seng, and Choy Weng Yang joined these informal meetings where they became known informally as The Sunday Group. He also co-founded the Singapore Watercolour Society in 1969. Starting out as an informal gathering of Singapore's watercolourists. The society was founded by 13 artists including Chen Chong Swee (1910–1985) and Gog Sing Hooi (1933–1994).

 


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City Hall Wing, Level 1

The exhibition’s catalogue features an anthology of out-of-print writings, offering deeper insight into the artist’s vibrant oeuvre of local landscapes and subject matter. Thoughtfully -designed merchandise similarly reflects Lim’s contemplative state of mind, including a limited edition 70% dark chocolate “Pak Eddy” blend from Indonesia, created in partnership with FOSSA Chocolates.  

 


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