Born 1950 in Selangor, Malaysia, Lim Kim Hai is known as the”Apple King”for his rendition of apples on canvas. He studied at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts,Singapore(1972) and Ecole National Superieure des Beaux Arts, Paris(1975). He won the Golden Award from Salon des Artistes Francais, Paris(1982), Silver Award from Salon Internationale, Du Val D’Or, France(1984), Prix Henri Lehmann from Institut de France Academy des Beau (1986). In the 1980’s, he started to draw apples in a realistic classical style in subdued tones with strong emphasis on light and shadow of the subjects.

Later in 1986, he took on a surrealism twist by experimenting with color and composition,creating the effect where the apples seemed to float in the air hanging by an invisible string.Each apple is captured in detail, including the irregular specks, variations in tone and waxy glow of the skin,which is the trademark and characteristics of his apples till today. To Lim, the humble apple that does not rot easily represents his hope for humanity: a world of peace and harmony,where our differences can co-exist in a perfect space. His works have been showcased in France, Moscow, China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia.

Artworks

TITLE: JOYFUL LIVING
MEDIUM: Oil on Canvas
SIZE: 200cm x 300cm / 79” x 118”
YEAR: 2013

TITLE: DIFFERENT COLOURS, SAME AIM
MEDIUM: Oil on Canvas
SIZE: 73cm x 92cm / 29” x 36”
YEAR: 1995

TITLE: JOYFUL LIVING (GREEN APPLES)
MEDIUM: Oil on Canvas
SIZE: 50cm x 50cm / 20” x 20”
YEAR: 2019

TITLE: JOYFUL LIVING
MEDIUM: Oil on Canvas
SIZE: 50cm x 50cm / 20” x 20”
YEAR: 2019

TITLE: HARMONY & PEACE
MEDIUM: OIL ON CANVAS
SIZE: 100cm x 100cm / 39” x 39”
YEAR: 2016

TITLE: JUMPING NOTES
MEDIUM: Oil on Canvas
SIZE: 97cm x 130cm / 38” x 51”
YEAR: 2016

TITLE: FEAST TO THE EYES SERIES (LOCAL FRUITS)
MEDIUM: Oil on Canvas
SIZE: 100cm x 100cm / 39” x 39”
YEAR: 2003

TITLE: FRUITS ON WHITE CLOTH (LOCAL FRUITS)
MEDIUM: Oil on Canvas
SIZE: 100cm x 61cm / 39” x 24”
YEAR: 2003

TITLE: MALACCA SCENE IX
MEDIUM: Oil on Canvas
SIZE: 61cm x 51cm / 24” x 20”
YEAR: 1998

TITLE: MALACCA SCENE VI OLD TOWN
MEDIUM: Oil on Canvas
SIZE: 46cm x 38cm / 18” x 15”
YEAR: 1999

TITLE: Penang Scene (Old Town)
MEDIUM: Oil on Canvas
SIZE: 51cm x 61cm / 20” x 24”
YEAR: 2001

TITLE: Joyful Living (Green Apples)
MEDIUM: Oil on Canvas
SIZE: 30cm x 30cm / 12” x 12”
YEAR: 2019

TITLE: ETERNAL ABUNDANCE
MEDIUM: Watercolour On Arches Paper
SIZE: 76cm x 58cm / 30” x 23”
YEAR: 2019