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“Anamnesis II” – An Exhibition by Sim Kah Lim

November 12, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - November 30, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

When asked about the famous artist from IMH , most people can quickly relate it to Mr Sim Kah Lim. For he is not only well known for his extraordinary skills in painting, he is an artist who was diagnosed with schizophrenia and paints accurately from memory.

At a tender age of eight, he came up tops in his first art competition organised by Goodwood Park Hotel. Inspired, Mr Sim then knew he wanted to be a professional painter. Sadly, his dream was dashed when he started having hallucinations and was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 15. He was sent to the then Woodbridge Hospital and has been in IMH since.

His paintings on canvas celebrate scenes of old Singapore including Boat Quay and Chinatown. Using a mix of medium from water colour, acrylic to oil pastels, his paintings are vibrant and full of life. He pays specific attention to details and one would think he has spent much time painting by the Singapore River or in Chinatown.

However, what is remarkable about his works is that all the beautiful Singapore River scenes with its quaint bumboats and other famous local landmarks that he had captured on canvas were painted purely out of memory. Having called IMH home for more than 30 years, Mr Sim has lost touch with the outside world, especially the rapidly changing landscape of our fast developing nation. They are pictures, frozen in time and memory, from early childhood when his father used to take him to these places.

“My father brought me outdoors (for) painting. I saw the Singapore River and all the artists,” the 51-year-old said, words spilling out without pause in a torrent of English and Mandarin, sometimes incoherent and muddied, like the river of his paintings during monsoon season.

It’s through his art that he finds order, focus and clarity in expressing himself.

Over here 20 pieces of his most recent works are on display and for sale.


November 12, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
November 30, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
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