His life started late, everything got going only after the ripe old age of 80. Farmer, teacher, principal and artist, Lim Tze Peng counts Lee Man Fong, Cheong Soo Pieng and Liu Kang as his mentors. These men, like the others from the pioneering generation of Nanyang artists, are no longer around. Lim Tze Peng remains standing, a witness to and player in Singapore’s art history since the 1940s. A Cultural Medallion winner at 82, a Meritorious Service recipient at 95, Lim Tze Peng is used to the twists and turns of life and has been trained by experience to endure the vagaries of fate. You could describe his art as the art of perseverance. The works he produces these days need to be seen to be believed. Bigger, bolder, and boasting far more colours than ever before, his art is as invigorating as that of a young man, whilst bodying forth the soul of a sage.