PRABHAKARA JIMMY QUEK

A Retrospective Exhibition

44 Years of Art Making

 

 

 

 

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1973 Still Life, oil on canvas

My early oil painting. I went to Nanyang Academy of Fine Art in 1973 and then I went to study in Ngee Ann Technical College in 1974.

 

 

 

 

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1974 Self Portrait, oil on canvas 24 x 18 inches

A self-portrait that I painted in 1974. The same year one of my painting titled: "Interior" was awarded Third Prize in a National Art Competition in Western Painting Open Section.

 

 

 

 

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1976 Sketching - My brother   Ink on paper

I did quick sketchings as practise for drawing.

 

 

 

 

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1977 Cat, Ink on paper

This is one of a Chinese painting created by me in the 70's. I learned Chinese painting from Secondary school teacher and teachers at NAFA and I continued practising Chinese painting during that times. I was happy that my work was selected for National Day Art Exhibition that year.

 

 

 

 

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1981 Self Portrait, pencil on canvas panel  

A sketching made on a canvas panel for preparation for a painting. I did not proceed to paint on it at last. I was working in a design company during that time.

 

 

 

 

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1983 Event 6.4.1983,  Mixed Media, 100 x 120 cm

One of the art explorations with mixed media in the 80's. This painting marked the birthday of my nephew. This painting won a certification of commendation in The Painting of the Year art competition that year.

 

 

 

 

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1985 Drawing Flag, Oil on canvas, 82 x 61 cm

I had one day learned that Brother Joseph McNally had started St Patrick's Art Centre. As I admired him and his works, I went to learn art in that school. This is one of the paintings which I did after leaning painting from a western art teacher.

 

 

 

 

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1986 Swimmers, Oil on canvas, 92 x 92 cm

At the beginning of my new art journey, I created figurative paintings. I was searching for my own way of expression.

 

 

 

 

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1987 Aerial View (G & B ), Oil on canvas, 90 x 80 cm

I worked out a series of Aerial View paintings, using lines, colors and shapes to arrange my composition.

 

 

 

 

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1988 Pace,  Oil on canvas, 132 x 122 cm

One of the two paintings that won a prize from IBM Art Award in 1988, this painting won Merit Award, and was kept with me since. The other painting which won First Prize, had become part of Singapore Art Museum's collection.

 

 

 

 

 

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1989 Unforgettable Beach, Acrylic on canvas, 141 x 47 cm

I made paintings with my own invented images and colors that they were from the inner source of my heart. This painting was exhibited in "Many in One: 25 Years of Art from Singapore; Travelling Exhibition in USA" in 1991

 

 

 

 

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1990 Power of Nature, Acrylic on canvas, 101 x 125 cm

This painting was exhibited in my one-man art exhibition "Spirit of Nature" in 1990.

 

 

 

 

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1991 Dance with the Wind, Acrylic on canvas,127 x 127 cm

The rubber trees I saw around the Santisukharama Meditation Centre when I first time joined the meditation retreats there inspired this series of paintings themed around them.

 

 

 

 

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1992 There is a Pool, Acrylic on canvas, 102 x 76 cm

Inspiration of this painting came from the views at Fort Canning Hill and the River Valley Swimming Pool. This painting was documented in coffee table edition art book "Singapore - Places Poems Paintings" and it was exhibited at the National Museum Art Gallery Singapore in 1993.

 

 

 

 

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1993 A Dream, Acrylic on canvas, 122 x 122 cm

I painted this painting after having a dream of seeing little lights on tree.

 

 

 

 

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1994 Trees, Acrylic on canvas, 127 x 127 cm

One of the paintings inspired by trees.

 

 

 

 

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1995 Celebration of Change, Acrylic on canvas, 153 x 51 cm

When I knew "Change" better, I could see it, feel it and enjoy it.

 

 

 

 

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I996 May You be Well & Happy 1, Acrylic on canvas, 102 x 76 cm

This painting was exhibited in one-man art exhibition in 1998. One of the trees series paintings.

 

 

 

 

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1997 Victory, Acrylic on canvas, 152 x 122 cm

When my neighbors came to me with his grievances about life, I tried to advice him about living in peace and joy and to be forgiving, I explained the nature of Buddha's compassion and, as an illustration, told him the story of how he has used his compassion to subdue an enraged and intoxicated elephant. Many days later I started working on this painting.

 

 

 

 

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1998 Walking Meditation, Acrylic on canvas, 92 x 76

Meditation can be practiced in walking and in daily activities. Ideas of making painting with images of walking meditation arouse in me one day and I started making the Walking Meditation series since then.

 

 

 

 

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1999 Happy Land, Acrylic on canvas, 92 x 92 cm

Paintings of my Landscape series evolved since I started it.

 

 

 

 

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2000 Walking Meditation & Pagoda, Acrylic on canvas, 92 x 92 cm

There were many Pagodas constructed everywhere in Myanmar. Once Sayadaw U Pandita mentioned that we should construct Dhamma Pagodas in our heart instead. He explained how we shall construct Dhamma Pagodas in our heart, that is by practising meditation each and every moment in our daily life without a pause. In this way we construct Dhamma Pagodas in our heart. I agreed with him and I painted this series of paintings with that understanding in mind.

 

 

 

 

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2001 Abundance of Joy, Acrylic on canvas, 122 x 92 cm

Golden Showers Trees can be seen along the road at where I live. Feeling joyful seeing them when they were in full blossoms, I started Golden Showers Series since 1997 for expressing emotions of joy and happiness.

 

 

 

 

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2002 Flowers 1, Acrylic on canvas, 92 x 92 cm

One of the new series I started in 2002 with motifs of flowers.

 

 

 

 

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2003 Waterfall, Acrylic on canvas, 120 x 100 cm

Colours of my paintings had became brighter since the new millennium.

 

 

 

 

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2004 Sunny Day Blossoms, Acrylic on canvas, 92 x 92 cm

The Bougainvillaea series comprises some of the brighter pictures that I have even done. This series of painting were poetic images of joy, offering the prospect of a totally agreeable, happy experience, reflecting moods of buoyancy and confidence at the time.

 

 

 

 

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2005 High Land Bliss, Acrylic on canvas, 112 x 112 cm

Sharing peace and joy.

 

 

 

 

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2006 Blooming Rejoice, Acrylic on canvas, 160 x 110 cm

One of the larger paintings I made in the Bougainvillaea series.

 

 

 

 

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2007 Blossom Celebration, Acrylic on canvas, 204 x 77 cm

I explored with shapes and colors of gold in the composition of the Tulip series in 2007.

 

 

 

 

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2008 Celebrate with Change, Acrylic on canvas, 46 x 46 cm

This painting is of smaller size and I enjoyed the joy and freedom of expression.

 

 

 

 

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2009 Music of Change, Acrylic on canvas,122 x 122 cm

A powerful composition that I made in 2009.

 

 

 

 

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 2010 Trees and Waterfall, Acrylic on canvas, 102 x 76 cm

Limiting the use of colours to achieve the visual effects I wanted in this painting.

 

 

 

 

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2011 Great Rejoice, Acrylic on canvas, 120 x 100cm

A painting from my Waterfall series.

 

 

 

 

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2012 Flower Dome, Garden by the Bay, Acrylic on canvas panel, 41 x 30 cm

One of my rare painting that recording the opening of Gardens by the Bay in 2012.

 

 

 

 

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2013 Haze in Singapore, June, Acrylic on canvas, 92 x 51 cm

This painting was painted during the hazy month in Singapore, to mark how vulnerable we were.

 

 

 

 

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2014 Sacred Mountains, Acrylic on canvas, 92 x 92 cm

Since 1990 Mt Kinabalu had continually inspired me for many works, such as this one.

 

 

 

 

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2015 Joyful Celebration, acrylic on canvas panel, 61 x 46 cm

I have painted some small works inspired by different types of orchids in watercolor recently and this is one of the bigger painting that I made in acrylic medium.

 

 

 

 

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2016 Celebration, acrylic on canvas, 61 x 46 cm

A painting that was inspired by nature.

 

 

 

 

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2017 Love and Joy IV, acrylic on paper, 20 x 13.8 cm

I used colours, shapes and lines for abstract expressions.

 

 

 

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