Lim Yew Kuan is a versatile artist who, during the 1950s and 1960s, embarked on broad explorations in his early artistic practice which includes portraiture, life drawings, etchings as well as landscape sketches and paintings. He was a founding President of the Equator Art Society (EAS) in 1956. This Society and its members, which included Lee Boon Wang, Chua Mia Tee, Ong Kim Seng and Koeh Sia Yong, advocated social realism through their artistic practice. Lim was actively involved in the activities of the EAS and produced a considerable number of social realist works including oil paintings and woodcuts. He left Singapore in 1958 to pursue his further studies in the UK. During his "London period" between 1958 and 1961, he underwent academic training and developed his artistic repertoire through creative experiments.