After Fire

Lim Yew Kuan (b. 1928) is one of the prominent Singapore’s second-generation artists, who emerged in the local art scene in the 1950s. His father Lim Hak Tai was the founding principle of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Lim graduated from the Academy in 1950 and later joined the Equator Art Society as one of its funding members and the first president in 1956. During the period from 1958 to 1962, he was pursuing further study at Chelsea School of Art in London, UK. From 1964 to 1979, Lim served as the second principle of the Nanyang Academy and later continued to teach there until his retirement in 1994. In the year 2011, Lim Yew Kuan received the Cultural Medallion from Singapore government. The work depicts the historical significant event in Singapore history – the Bukit Ho Swee fire of 1961, when thousands of squatters were rendered homeless through the vast devastation in the wake of the fire. Apart from its historical significance, the work is a visual testament to Lim Yew Kuan’s deep understanding of the printmaking media and acts as evidence of his experimentation with different woodcut gouging techniques. Lim’s printmaking is uniquely grounded on his solid foundation in art realism.

Artist Name
Lim Yew Kuan
Image size: 62.5 x 48.4 cm, Frame size: 72 x 102 cm
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Collection of
National Gallery Singapore