Kim Lim was born in Singapore but trained as an artist in London, where she subsequently spent her life. She was known primarily as a sculptor in wood and marble, but also made a number of prints and drawings. This group of woodcuts was purchased in 1999. A further ten prints were donated by the Contemporary Art Society in memory of Cecily Lowenthal, who was a long serving member of the Tate Guides and a close friend of the artist. Lim had a life-long fascination with the art and philosophies of the East. Her work reflects this interest in its quest for simplicity and in her attempt to distil the essence of natural forms.