Lim Poh Teck

As a Singaporean artist, Lim is deeply influenced by both Eastern and Western art that played an integral part in his training and heritage. His works are often analogies that arise from his observations of people and culture, societal concerns and modern tensions, consciously characterised by extensive use of invented symbols and bold lines that are rhythmic and imaginative.

Memories #01,02,03 is a compelling narrative that depicts the journey of the migrant Chinese's journey to Nanyang in 3 panels. The png kueh (Chinese glutinous rice cake shaped like a peach) is central in his story, both as a symbol and metaphor referring to the emigre Chinese who took the journey from homeland China to the Southern Seas or Nanyang, bringing with them, the culture and practices of the people to this part of the world. In its final panel, Lim resolves it by suggesting a successful assimilation to local surrounds. By becoming "localised", the humble and distinctive Chinese snack that is associated with Teochew people has become accepted as a symbol of what it means to be a Chinese Singaporean.

Celebration is an example of Lim's signature use of organic vegetal forms inspired by nature, that demonstrates the technique of applying meticulous strokes that produces a sense of rhythm and density.

These works were acquired by Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 2018.


Memories #01

2001, Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 cm

Memories #02

2001, Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 cm

Memories #03

2001, Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 cm


2017, Acrylic on canvas, 90 x 90 cm