Lim Tze Peng who participated in most of the Southeast Asian field trips in the 1960s, evolved a unique style of ink painting. Using rich brush and tonal details, the drawing-like descriptive approach is often regarded as a manifestation of the Nanyang School in the ink medium. Lim's works usually exude a quiet harmory and a subdued charm. A good example is Blacksmith, which depicts with a sense of nostalgia, the quiet and slow-moving pace of life in a row of old shophouses -- the hammering of iron, the repairing of bicycles and men in conversation reflect the mood of daily life in old Singapore. This serene scene is achieved by skilful drawing technique and a delicate handling of the Chinese brush.
-- Channels & Confluences, chapter 19.
Kwok Kian Chow. Channels & Confluences: A History of Singapore Art. Singapore: National Heritage Board/Singapore Art Museum, 1996
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