Lim Cheng Hoe's watercolours of vanishing scenes on display at National Gallery Singapore

Singapore artist Lim Cheng Hoe’s works include The Estuary (1970, above) and Self-Portrait (1964).
Singapore artist Lim Cheng Hoe’s works include The Estuary (1970, above) and Self-Portrait (1964). PHOTOS: DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES, NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE
Singapore artist Lim Cheng Hoe’s works include The Estuary (1970) and Self-Portrait (1964, above).
Singapore artist Lim Cheng Hoe’s works include The Estuary (1970) and Self-Portrait (1964, above). PHOTOS: DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES, NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE

That was what pioneer Singapore artist Lim Cheng Hoe did; more than 60 of his works are on display at the National Gallery

For the best part of 30 years, pioneer Singapore artist Lim Cheng Hoe spent most of his week as a clerk in the Public Works Department, now the Public Utilities Board.

But on Sundays, he took to the outdoors with paints and brushes in hand to capture the scenes he loved - the many faces of the Singapore River and the kampungs of Pasir Panjang, Loyang and Bedok.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 31, 2018, with the headline 'Capturing vanishing scenes in watercolour'. Print Edition | Subscribe