BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS  

Sing Fat Lim

September 5 1915 - September 22 1993

Vancouver Technical School (graduate)
Vancouver School of Art (Diploma 1945)



Original linocut by Sing Lim in 1933 VANTECH

Sing Lim was born in Vancouver. Both of his parents were born in China, his father arrived in Victoria in 1884 at the age of 18. His mother was from Hong Kong and arrived in 1899 at the age of fifteen.

He was a student at the Vancouver Technical School in 1933, and in the 1939 issue of VANTECH, the student annual, was noted as a school graduate. He provided some very interesting little colour linocut prints to the issue, and wrote an illustrated article for the annual in 1936.


Original four-colour linocut by Sing Lim in 1939 VANTECH


Original four-colour linocut by Sing Lim in 1939 VANTECH

He graduated from the Vancouver School of Art in 1945. He showed his work in the 1944 B.C. Artists annual exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

He worked as a printer in Vancouver, owning his own shop for at least twenty years, and while the press was running would make artistic monoprints. He was shown at work in the movie "In Search of Innocence" that was made by an Eastern Canadian film-maker in Vancouver.

According to his autobiography, Sing Lim lived and worked in Vancouver all of his life, except for two years from 1945 to 1947 when he worked for the National Film Board of Canada in Ottawa. His friends and acquaintances there included Henri Masson, Jack Long, Norman McLaren, and P.K. Page (q.v.).

In 1979 he published an autobiographical book titled West Coast Chinese Boy, self-illustrated with entertaining colour monoprints and numerous line drawings of his early childhood and family life in Vancouver's Chinatown. He also provides biographical sketches of his mother and father, and a summary of his life up until publishing the book. The colour prints were shown at the Art Emporium in 1979 in a sold-out exhibition.

Sing Lim is listed as an illustrator in McMann. He died in Vancouver in 1993.

Exhibitions

DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1944 Sept. 23 - Oct. 22 VAG   B.C. Artists 13th Annual Young Girl (Lithograph)

References - MONOGRAPHS

Refer to BIBLIO.

References - GENERAL

VANTECH - JUNE 1933
      Printed by the students of the Vancouver Technical School
      88 pages, stapled, illust. colour/b&w.
      Includes a number of original student linocut prints including by Sing Lim.

VANTECH - EASTER 1939
      Printed by the students of the Vancouver Technical School
      84 pages, stapled, illust. colour/b&w.
      Includes a number of original student linocut prints by Robert Banks and Sing Lim.

BRITISH COLUMBIA - A CENTENNIAL ANTHOLOGY (refer to BCCA58)

ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      1 reference to Sing Lim: Canadian Childhoods: A Tundra Anthology in Words and Art.

88 ARTISTS FROM 88 YEARS (refer to ECU17)

B.C. VITAL STATISTICS ON-LINE death (refer to BCVS)

https://montecristomagazine.com/community/chinatown-eyes-artist-printer-sing-lim

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