Lim Kim Hai’s apples are obviously not meant for eating . They are his props for a grand design of projecting homilies about life while showing off their beauty, their shapes,sizes and colours. Like a manual from Sun Tze, Kim Hai orchestra the apples into inner dramas of thoughts to reflect about human traits and situation. The world is getting smaller with globalization but the apple-core of values has not changed,although under threat in the stampede to get ahead.
Lim Kim Hai has ventured into painting other fruits such as pomegranates ,cherries,pears and grapes fro the same reason and with the same symbolic narratives through witty arrangements.
Lim Kim Hai had early tutelage at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore from 1970 to 1972 ,before he decide to head Paris to studay at the ecole Nationale Superieure Des Beaux Arts from 1975 to 1980. He gained recognition there with a slew of prestigious awards–Golden Award in the salon des Artistes Francais ( 1982 )Silver Award in the Salon International Du Val D’Or (1984), Salon de mante la jolie,Rotary clubAward (1986), Prix Henri Lehman (peinture) from the institut de France, Academy des beaux (1986) and Golden and Public Awards from 52 Salon des Beaux Arts,Enghien –les-Bains (1987).
His credentials enable the launching of his art-career back home. His works have been showcased widely in France, Moscow, China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia.