Like its fellow Blue Disc
created in the same year, Kim Lim’s Ring
is an intaglio print that explores a central shape. Using repetition and tonal areas, the print has a feeling of fluid movement to it, suggesting vibration and rhythm. In both her sculptural and printmaking practise, we see Lim create contrasting senses of stillness and movement, emptiness and openness.
Date of work
Original: Intagio print on paper 22.5 x 24.1 cm Tate. Purchased 1976 © DACS
Kim Lim (1936–1997) was a Singaporean-British sculptor and printmaker. She is best known for her abstract wooden and stone-carved sculptures exploring the relationship between art and nature, and for her printed works on paper. At age seventeen, she travelled to London to pursue an education in fine art. In 1954, she enrolled at St Martin’s School of Fine Art , and two years later she transferred to the Slade where she studied sculpture and print-making. Lim exhibited throughout her career, including being the only female artist exhibited at the Hayward Annual in 1977 and part of the all-female committee at the Second Hayward Annual II in 1978. Her work is part of public collections around the world, including Tate.