From the 1930s to the ’70s, Lim Cheng Hoe captured in plein-air watercolours the landscapes and people of a rapidly changing Singapore. A founder of the Singapore Watercolour Society, Lim took as his motifs everything from Singapore’s developing kampongs (villages) to boat traffic on the Singapore River, land reclamation and construction sites, documenting the country as it moved towards modernisation, independence and decolonisation. The exhibition includes watercolours from throughout Lim’s career, while also exploring lesser-known aspects of his practice, including experiments with different media and genre, from oil and ink to still-life and portraits in pastel and chalk. Find out more about the Lim Cheng Hoe exhibition from the National Gallery Singapore’s website.
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