Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students Showcasing 135 Hand-Painted Fans at SM City East Ortigas

By Mommy Donna and Kib - August 30, 2017

I love art.  I appreciate art.  I love going to art exhibits and art museums because I admire the artist and their technique in painting a wonderful masterpiece.  It adds to my amazement when I can see the very fine details added to the artwork.  It takes so many man-hours to finish one piece of art, no matter how big or small the image is.  Each artist really puts his/her heart, sweat, and tears in each artwork he/she creates.  Each artwork is truly a gem, a valuable treasure, a magnificent creation out of one's imagination and hand control.

Last Sunday, August 27th, I got invited to the opening of the latest exhibit of Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students at SM City East Ortigas, showcasing 135 hand-painted fans by 42 artists.  This exhibit is to celebrate Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival to show Chinese culture and artistry.

The Chan Lim Family of Artists is best known for their Asian-themed art with particular focus on Chinese brush painting.  The family has been actively engaged in the arts for more than half a century to date.  The three generations of Chan Lim Family use a multitude of media, styles, and techniques to incorporate Western into Eastern art.  They continue to get involved in the arts by actively developing and promoting Chinese brush painting in the Philippines and abroad.

Chan Lim, the family patriarch, originally uses oil and watercolor in his artworks.  He usually uses canvas to paint his masterpieces.  Recently, he ventured into using other types of medium such as ceramic and porcelain plates, Asian lanterns, and fans to blend Western and Eastern painting techniques.  On the other hand, the second generation of Chan Lim family--Alex, Felix, Rolex, and Jolex--are all engineers by profession and are engaged in leadership positions with multinational companies.  While they are engaged in business, the siblings are also into painting.

With Dr. Alex Chan Lim

The Chan Lim Family of Artists has traveled extensively across the Philippines to conduct numerous art exhibits, classes, workshops, seminars, and on-the-spot painting demonstrations.  Several thousands of people have attended the activities that they have organized.  The entire family is always in support of their travels, both locally and internationally.  Now, the third generation of Chan Lim family is now into exploring modern art techniques, such as digital media and mobile apps, and incorporating them into their unique and signature art style.

Dr. Alex Chan Lim doing a live art demo in front of the media

Dr. Alex Chan Lim held the Chinese brush a bit high so that the media will have a nice view of what he is creating

And here's the final artwork

What's good thing about the Cham Lim Family is that they create art which do not exclude any form of media to showcase their talent.  Over the years, they have continuously pushed the envelope on the type of media used for the Chinese brush.  Their art subjects have included flora, fauna, landscape, and even human portraiture.  These themes can be seen by the family's signature art, on which they also passed on the style and technique to their students.  The family is one of the few remaining notable Chinese brush painting artists in the country today and because of this, they are sought-after to exhibit and teach people in using Chinese brush in painting.  Their current studio is located in Pasig City and their art works can be found in private collections all over the world.

To inquire about their classes, art works, and exhibits, you may visit and their Facebook page (ChanLimFamilyofArtists).  You may also email for more inquires.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony of Chan Lim exhibit at SM City East Ortigas.  Photo credits to Chan Lim Family of Artists' Facebook page

Chan Lim family and their students for a photo opp.  Photo credits to Chan Lim Family of Artists' Facebook page

The exhbit at SM City East Ortigas will run until September 24, 2017.

Admire the 135 hand-painted fans and appreciate each artwork as they are all painted with love for Chinese art.

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