Chan Lim: Art exhibit at SM Megamall

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 4:42 PM

I personally like arts, painting and drawing is one of my interests. I can create an art the way I paint it. But then, it's a new experience for me to try Chinese painting. I must say, it's too hard to use the brush the way they hold it. Their technique on how to paint is per stroke and I'm amazed to see that the result is pretty good. It's not just a talent, it requires practice to learn Chinese painting.

Over the past five decades, the Chan Lim Family of Artists have used a wide variety of media, styles and techniques to create a fusion of Western and Eastern art. However, it is their Asian-themed art and Chinese brush painting that the Chan Lim artists are best known for. Currently, the three generations of the family are actively involved in the arts, with the younger generation dabbling in different types of more modern techniques, such as digital media and audio-visual creations.

Chan Lim, the family patriarch, started his career in the arts using oil and watercolor as his main media. Most of his work are created on canvas and paper. The second generation were trained mostly in the Asian arts. One of the two older siblings' notable pieces is a panel of pine and plum painting, started 35 years ago. The unfinished painting was unearthed in storage and recently finished. As a gesture of filial piety, the family patriarch, Chan Lim, was requested to compose a poem for the artwork entitled "The Journey".

The Chan Lim artists have traveled extensively across the Philippines to promote Chinese culture by conducting art exhibits, classes, workshops, seminars, and on-the-spot painting demonstrationsn. Close collaboration between the Chan Lims and the leadershop of the SM Supermalld bring these exhibits to different parts of the country. In addition, prominent local Filipino-Chinese non-profit organizations and educational institutions lend support for the free art workshops held in conjunction with the exhibits. All the workshops have enjoyed robust attendane and participation.

The Chan Lim's art has certain characteristics that distinguish their work from others. Their artworks are distinctively Asian, with allusions of Western technique. Over the past years, the Chan Lims have continuously blazed the trail on the type of media used for the Chinese brush. Their art subjects have included flora, fauna, insects, landscape, and portraits painted on media such as lanterns, Chinese fans, porcelain plates, ceramic taels and rice paper.

The Chan Lims hold regular Chinese painting classes in the family studio located in Pasig City, Metro Manila. Their artworks may be viewed at They can be searched at

About The Exhibit

To celebrate Chinese New Year, SM Megamall and Chan Lim Family of Artists & Students have prepared 381 artworks done in Chinese Scrolls, Oil Paintings & Taels. The exhibit is joined by 50 artists. This is Chan Lim's 35th exhibit at SM Supermalls.

Exhibit will run from January 27 to Feb 10, 2019 at SM Mega Fashion Hall. Free Painting workshops will be conducted on Feb 5, 9 & 10.

The Chan Lim items would like to dedicate this exhibit in memory of Mr. Henry Sy. Sr.

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