Long-stay patient at IMH finds a voice through his art

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Mr Sim Kah Lim, 51, suffers from schizophrenia and has been warded at the Institute of Mental Health for 36 years. Yet he has a talent for art and his artworks sell for between $1,200 and $8,000.PHOTOS: CHONG JUN LIANG, NATIONAL COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE

Mr Sim Kah Lim, 51, introduces himself as a master artist.

He goes on to tell you that he is "as proud as a peacock and as sincere as a deer" when people appreciate his paintings. From someone else, such confidence might be jarring, but he has every reason to be proud of his art.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 23, 2019, with the headline 'Long-stay patient at IMH finds a voice through his art'. Print Edition | Subscribe