Born in 1923, Lim Tze Peng is largely a self-taught artist. In his oeuvre, ink paintings and calligraphic works feature prominently, although there is a small number of oils, watercolours and drawings. He created a unique style of ink painting using rich brush and tonal details, and this approach is often regarded as a manifestation of the Nanyang Style in the ink medium. Lim, a school principal until his retirement in the early 1980s, was awarded the Cultural Medallion by the Singapore government in 2003.A ceaseless traveller, Lim made trips to various parts of the world to seek inspiration and paint the different cultures and sights. On a trip to Li Jiang, China in the late 1990s, Lim captured the fast disappearing heritage sites with swift brushstrokes, rendering the work lively and dynamic.