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Showcase of late artist's work: Carving a path not just through wood

Retrospective exhibit showcases artist Lim Mu Hue's versatility across mediums and genres

Published on Apr 9, 2014 6:54 AM

The late Singapore artist Lim Mu Hue may be better known for his woodcut prints, including a large-scale mural bearing his woodblock designs at Esplanade MRT station, but the first posthumous show of his art brings to life a versatile artist with a rich and diverse body of work.

The retrospective exhibition at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Nafa) features more than 60 of his works from the 1950s to 2008, spanning myriad mediums from oil and Chinese ink paintings to pastel and charcoal drawings. The array, which includes pieces shown in public for the first time, also features still lifes, landscapes and abstract and conceptual art.

Lim, the adopted son of a nightsoil man and housewife, drew delight from art from the time he was young. His daughter, graphic designer Lim Chwen, 48, the eldest of three children, says: "As a child, he made such a realistic drawing of a lizard on the wall that my grandmother smacked it thinking it was alive."

His passion led him to pursue an art education at Nafa and his lack of finances - he could afford only a portion of the $15 school fee then - did not stop him from seeking admission. He persuaded the academy's founding principal Lim Hak Tai to admit him at a discount and he graduated with a diploma in Western painting in 1955.

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Where: Lim Hak Tai Gallery, 80 Bencoolen Street, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Campus 1, Level 1

When: Till May 18, 11am to 7pm (Tuesdays to Sundays), closed on Mondays

Admission: Free