Kim Lim was born in Singapore and spent much of her early childhood in Penang and Malacca. Lim knew that she wanted to become an artist and at 18, she travelled to London and enrolled at Saint Martin’s School of Art (1954-6) where she spent two years concentrating mainly on wood carving.
She then transferred to the Slade School of Fine Art and developed a strong commitment to print making. After leaving the Slade in 1960 she exhibited widely before turning to stonecarving in the 1980s whilst continuing to make prints and fill sketchbooks with drawings from nature.
With her husband, the renowned Scottish sculptor and painter William Turnbull, whom she married in 1960, she made journeys to China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Egypt, Malaysia and Turkey, always alert to art and nature alike and with a sharp eye to human diversity.
These were the experiences that confirmed in her a lifelong predilection for things archaic and for the flow and rhythm of Indian and South East Asian sculpture. “I found that I always responded to things that were done in earlier civilizations that seemed to have less elaboration and more strength,” she once said.
Based in London for much of her career, she passed away in 1997. Her husband died in 2012.
We are grateful to the Kim Lim Estate for their generous support and loan of her work for this unique exhibition.
We would also like to express our great appreciation to Voon Wong and Viewport Studio for their advice and kind support.
For more information about Kim Lim click here.
To see the official Kim Lim website click here.
The Coversations with Stone Paper Wood exhibition runs in the Asia House Gallery from 18 February until 13 March, Monday to Friday 10:00 – 18:00.
There is a private viewing on 17 February at 18.30. To register to attend that click here.
The exhibition is free admission and open to the public.