Jimmy Quek began learning art in 1971 and has been practising art full time since 1986. He has held 11 one-man art exhibitions and participated in more than 80 group art exhibitions in Yokohama, Kobe, Sapporo, Rotterdam, New York, Washington DC, Indianapolis, Dallas, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Beijing, Quanzhou, Shanghai, Korea, Fukuoka, Osaka, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei Darussalam, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. He signs his painting "Prabhakara" which in Sanskrit means "source of light".
He was the winner of First Prize IBM Art Award Singapore in 1988. He was awarded Merit Award and Highly Commended Work in IBM Singapore Art Award 1988 and 1987, Certificates of Commendation in Painting of the Year Exhibition in 1983 and 1986. When he was young, he was awarded Third Prize in National Art Competition, Western Painting Open Section in 1974.
He has judged several local and regional art competitions. He has served as External Assessor for Diploma in Visual Art Assessments for 2-D Studies in the School of Fine Art, LaSalle-SIA College of the Arts. He was a member of Course Accreditation Committee for Department of 2D and 3D Studies of LaSalle- SIA College of the Arts, Singapore.
His paintings adorn major areas of corporations, institutions, ministries, convention centre, airline lounges, banks, hospitals, offices and homes of art lovers and art collectors worldwide. His works are in the permanent collection of Singapore Art Museum. (http://pabha.com/Page3.htm)
Before Jimmy became a full-time artist, he taught Art at Siglap Community Centre and Mountbatten Community Centre in the 80's. After practising art full time, he was requested to conduct Sketching/Drawings (Elementary/Intermediate/Advance levels) and acrylic paintings at Federation of Art Societies, Singapore when it was located at Church Street in early 90's. He conducted painting workshops for teachers at Metta School in 2003.
Jimmy committed to making himself available for those who require artistic assistance in their artistic journey. He teaches and shares his artistic skills and experiences with those who wish to learn painting or basic sketching/drawing from him at his studio at Tampines in Singapore since 2009. (http://pabha.com/ArtClass)
Jimmy with his painting which is installed at Convention Centre, 4th floor Raffles City, Singapore.
Biography (with pictures)