Sunday, January 22, 2017

Chinese Painting Exhibit and Chinese Culture As Chan Lim Celebrates 80th Birthday at SM North

Just right before the celebration of the Chinese New Year with the Fire Rooster as the symbol of the year, the Chan Lim Family of Artists made a welcoming opening exhibit at SM North EDSA. Also as part of the celebration of the head of the family on its 80th Birthday.

To make the celebration kick off and to officially open the exhibit the Chan Lim Family of Artists made an interesting program for the guests, media and bloggers. The first part was the introduction in learning to do Chinese painting of which I learn a lot. Though I'm accustomed of the western way of painting, Chinese painting is much different and it got a lot of techniques and styles to learn before making an exquisite masterpiece.

During the celebration, one of the Chan Lim siblings, Dr. Alex Chan Lim made a fast demonstration on how to do Chinese painting . It was fast and amazing how he easily creates something without outlines. According to him and since it is a demonstration with a short period of time that he has to have a picture in his mind right before he does the demo.

For almost half a century the Chan Lim Family has been engaged in the arts and has created a lot of Chinese paintings. At present, there are three generations of Chan Lim artists who use a wide variety of media, styles and techniques to incorporate Western into Eastern art. The family continues to get involved in the arts by actively developing and promoting Chinese brush painting in the Philippines and abroad. The Chan Lims also support several charitable organizations with a special focus on environmental sustainability.

The passion of Chan Lim, the family patriarch, lies in Oil and Watercolor. While most of his art are on canvas, he has forayed into other media such as porcelain plates. Asian lanterns and fans to infuse Western techniques into the traditional Eastern art. The Chan Lim siblings Alex, Felix, Rolex and Jolex are all engineers by profession and are currently engaged in leadership positions with multinational companies. Bound by their passion for the arts, the Chan Lim family of Artists has conducted numerous exhibits locally and internationally. The elder Chan Lims have successfully nurtured the artistic talents of the third generation. The younger brood enjoys experimenting with different types of media, along with modern digital techniques, and incorporates these into Chinese art.
The year 2017 celebrates Chan Lim’s 80th birth year, a very auspicious milestone in the Chinese culture. All the art exhibits during the year will be highlighting this event. Eight of the exhibits will be specially-themed to celebrate the felicitous family event.

The Chan Lim family is one of the few remaining notable Chinese brush painting artists in the country today, and is sought after in this field. Art classes are conducted in the family studio located in Pasig City. Their paintings can be found in private collections here and abroad.

You may email them at or view their artworks at

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