Kim Lim

1936-1997, Singapore

Kim Lim was a Singaporean-British sculptor and printmaker of Chinese birth. She was most recognizable for her abstract balanced form wood structures as well as her stone-carved sculptures encapsulating the complexities between art and nature and her attention to the minute detail of curve, line and surface finish.

At the age of 18, she decided to go to London to study at Saint Martin’s School of Art (1954–1956) where she took a particular interest in wood-carving; she then transferred to the Slade School of Art, where she concentrated on printmaking, graduating in 1960.

In the 1960s and 1970s her sculptures were mainly carved from wood, using forms inspired by basic rhythmic forms and structures, with each element forming a balanced whole. Her prints from this time also explore these modulations

From 1980, she turned to stone-carving, continuing to make prints and fill sketchbooks with drawings from nature. In 1980 Lim began to sculpt with stone, which gave a clarity to her preoccupations around engaging with the material’s particularities and evoking natural elements such as wind, air and light, whilst continuing to make prints and fill sketchbooks with drawings from nature.

It’s also worth noting that her work is influenced by Japanese aesthetic and culture.

It was more about feel and sensitivity. Her work has an innate calmness and serenity which again reflected her personality.

if you look at the works, both prints and sculpture, during specific periods, it’s very easy to see the connection.

Very often, drawings act as a mapping of intention for artists

Her prints are incredibly beautiful and reflect the same flow she exhibited in her sculpture, especially the stone carvings

She regarded herself as equally a sculptor and print maker and accorded equal significance and importance to both. It’s about form and surface rather than the medium.


aquatint 26/30
64 x 64 cm w