Kim Lim created Shogan
, 1960 using lithography techniques on paper. Lithography dates from the late 18th century, and makes it possible to print a much wider range of marks and tones than by using earlier printmaking relief or intaglio methods. Kim Lim uses the technique here to create both block and tonal areas, characteristically exploiting the negative space on the paper to dramatic effect.
Date of work
Original: Lithograph on paper 45.4 x 35.6 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.