Lim Poh Teck

Dr Lim Poh Teck  graduated with a Diploma in Fine Art from NAFA in 1987, Advanced Diploma in Fine Art from Lasalle College of the Arts, Masters of Arts in Media Art, University of NSW College of Fine Arts, Australia and attained his PhD in Art Studies from Peking University, China in 2012. Lim was awarded the Young Artist Award by NAC in 1997.

As a Singaporean artist exposed to both Eastern and Western art training, Lim is deeply interested in the two major artistic cultures that are an integral part of his heritage. His works are often analogous to his observations of people and culture, societal concerns and modern tensions, consciously characterised by extensive use of invented symbols and use of bold colour that are rhythmic and imaginative.

Using the symbolic imagery of the local Chinese snack, png kueh (pink chinese glutinous rice cake shaped like a peach), Memories #01,02,03 is a compelling narrative of the journey of the migrant Chinese's journey to Nanyang that depicts in the final panel, their successful assimilation to becoming the "localised" society today. 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