Thinking Aloud

What a 100-year-old artist taught me about living

As Lim Tze Peng’s 101st birthday draws near, it is worth taking a look at his work and life and what it means for all of us.

Lim Tze Peng, a self-taught artist, turns 101 in September. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
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The very first painting I bought 10 years ago - one which now hangs over the dining table at home - is one that I did not want initially.

It is an abstract calligraphy of the Chinese word "guo", or "country". Thick, aggressive brush strokes sweep across the rice paper, like a river bursting its banks.

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