Long-stay patient at IMH paints art that sells for thousands

Mr Sim Kah Lim, whose paintings sell for between $1,200 and $8,000, suffers from schizophrenia and has been hospitalised at the Institute of Mental Health for the past 36 years.
Mr Sim Kah Lim, whose paintings sell for between $1,200 and $8,000, suffers from schizophrenia and has been hospitalised at the Institute of Mental Health for the past 36 years.ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG
Mr Sim Kah Lim, whose paintings sell for between $1,200 and $8,000, suffers from schizophrenia and has been hospitalised at the Institute of Mental Health for the past 36 years.
Mr Sim Kah Lim, whose paintings sell for between $1,200 and $8,000, suffers from schizophrenia and has been hospitalised at the Institute of Mental Health for the past 36 years.ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG
Mr Sim Kah Lim, whose paintings sell for between $1,200 and $8,000, suffers from schizophrenia and has been hospitalised at the Institute of Mental Health for the past 36 years.
Mr Sim Kah Lim, whose paintings sell for between $1,200 and $8,000, suffers from schizophrenia and has been hospitalised at the Institute of Mental Health for the past 36 years.ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG

SINGAPORE - 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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