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Echoing Fragments: A solo exhibition by Lim Tiong Ghee

Batik elements’ interaction with floral motifs, weaving the cultural and physical through the use of negative space

 

Published for The Private Museum Ltd

Marking The Private Museum’s (TPM) first exhibition under its artist-in-residence programme held at Yogyakarta supported by Cemeti Institute for Art and Society – Echoing Fragments the third exhibition under TPM’s Artist-in-Residence programme held once every two years. The first two Bali trips were realized by Hong Zhu An and Han Sai Por, in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

From Tropical Plants – Bodhi Leaf Series by Lim Tiong Ghee, 2018

Echoing Fragments is a solo exhibition by Singaporean abstract collage artist and painter, Lim Tiong Ghee, showcasing his body of acrylic-collage works during his residency. The exhibition will feature his trademark collage motif that the self-taught artist has used in his decades-long exploration of imprinting his personal experiences into his works.

The collage paintings feature batik elements’ interaction with floral motifs, weaving what appears to be the cultural and physical through the use of negative space, never before seen in Lim’s works. The luminous/ iridescent colours in the works well reflect the warmth he experienced while in Indonesia.

From Tropical Plants – Bodhi Leaf Series by Lim Tiong Ghee, 2018

Not disregarding the prolific symbolisms present in both beliefs, Lim’s works reference the rich cultural narratives, and further expound on various forms, figures and textures commonly depicted as religious motifs in the two beliefs.

Lim Tiong Ghee (b. 1955, Singapore – ) began as a watercolourist before moving to acrylic and collage. As a self-taught artist, he has exhibited extensively since 1981 and views painting as a medium to portray the quotidian. He gained critical acclaim when his collage “From the Turtledove” won the top award in the 8th UOB Painting of the Year Competition in 1989.

Years ago, Lim focused mainly on depicting landscapes using watercolour – being adept with the medium, his brushstrokes were notable for being both fluid spontaneous. He frequently engaged in on-site painting and his subjects were often the familiar streets and scenes of Singapore.

Down the road, he shifted towards developing his paintings in the studio and began to give critical attention to elements such as shape, form, space, perspective, colour and composition –  utilizing collage and acrylic paint to translate them into his trademark paintings. Lim values the two-dimensional reality and purposefully flattens his shapes and forms as a way of creating abstractions of his subject matter without completely breaking them down.

Preferring abstraction in his portrayal of landscapes and tropical flowers, Lim believes it can evoke a stronger reaction than purely figurative forms. The abstract imagery subsequently function as a creative starting point from which abstract rice-paper collages are constructed.

From Impressions of Yogyakarta Series by Lim tiong Ghee, 2018

A dream-like whimsy that draws from very real depictions, patterns and plays on forms within negatives spaces take the forefront in this collage. Layers of patterns, on colours in overlay upon overlay, a melting pot of cultural influences.

We had some questions for Mr. Lim via email and this is what he had to share:

During your residency, what inspired you the most in your studio process?
Yogyakarta has a rich cultural history, and the city is very green, with trees planted along the city’s roads. Although the traffic is heavy and a bit chaotic, I really didn’t see many road accidents in my time there. Life is not fast, daily necessities are available and the price is cheap. The people are very kind, and I spent my time there visiting several painters. The artists too are friendly and they have large studios/ large work spaces.
I noticed you focused a series on the Bodhi plants, is there a specific reason for that? 
Although I’ve visited Borobudur and Prambana twice, I also like the local mosques in the city as well. I like that I can view these monuments in peace, and watching shows on Hindu mythology on local TV. 
What is the inspiration behind the iridiscent colours used in your work?
I like Javanese batiks for their diverse patterns and also complex colours

 

Echoing Fragments will show from August 3rd to September 23rd 2018, @ The Private Museum Ltd, Singapore.

Exhibition Dates

Dates: August 3 – September 23 2018

Venue: The Private Museum, 51 Waterloo Street, #02-06

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 10am to 7pm
                          Sat & Sun: 11am to 5pm
                          Public Holidays and other timings by appointment only

**All Images Courtesy of The Private Museum Ltd

 

 
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