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PRABHAKARA JIMMY QUEK

A Retrospective Exhibition

45 Years of Art Making

 

 

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1973 Still Life, oil on canvas

Jimmy went to Nanyang Academy of Fine Art in 1973 and then he 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 Jimmy painted in 1974. In 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

Jimmy's quick sketchings as practise for drawing.

 

 

 

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1977 Cat, Ink on paper

This is one of a Chinese painting created by Jimmy in the 70's. He learned Chinese painting from Secondary school teacher and teachers at NAFA and he continued practising Chinese painting during that times. His 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. Jimmy did not proceed to paint on it. He 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 his nephew. This painting won a certification of commendation in The Painting of the Year art competition in 1983.

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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1986 Swimmers, Oil on canvas, 92 x 92 cm

At the beginning of his new art journey, he created figurative paintings. He was searching his way of expression. This is one of the oil painting he made.

 

 

 

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

Jimmy worked out a series of Aerial View paintings, using lines, colors and shapes to arrange the compositions.

 

 

 

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1988 Pace,  Oil on canvas, 132 x 122 cm

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

 

 

 

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

Jimmy made paintings with his own invented images and colors that they were from the inner source of his 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 his 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 Jimmy saw around the Santisukharama Meditation Centre when he 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 a 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

Jimmy painted this painting as what he saw in a dream.

 

 

 

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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

Jimmy said: "When I know '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 his 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 Jimmy's neighbors came to him with his grievances about life at Telok Kurau Studios, Jimmy tried to advice him about living in peace and joy and to be forgiving, he explained the nature of Buddha's compassion and, as an illustration, told him the story of how Buddha had used his compassion to subdue an enraged and intoxicated elephant. Many days laterJimmy 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 arouse in Jimmy one day and he started making the Walking Meditation series since then.

 

 

 

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

Paintings of Jimmy's Landscape series evolved since he started it.

 

 

 

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

There were many Pagodas constructed everywhere in Myanmar. Once Sayadaw U Pandita mentioned that people should construct Dhamma Pagodas in their heart instead. By practising meditation each and every moment in our daily life without a pause, In this way people construct Dhamma Pagodas in their heart. Jimmy 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 Jimmy live. Feeling joyful seeing them when they were in full blossoms, he 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 Jimmy started in 2002 with a motifs of happiness.

 

 

 

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2003 Waterfall, Acrylic on canvas, 120 x 100 cm

Colours of Jimmy's 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 Jimmy has 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. A painting made in 2005.

 

 

 

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

One of the larger paintings that Jimmy made in the Bougainvillaea series.

 

 

 

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

Jimmy 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 that Jimmy 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 Jimmy 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 that Jimmy wanted in this painting.

 

 

 

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

A painting from Jimmy's Waterfall series.

 

 

 

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2012 Flower Dome, Acrylic on canvas panel, 41 x 30 cm

One of my rare painting made by Jimmy, 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 His visit to Mt Kinabalu had continually inspired Jimmy for many works, such as this one.

 

 

 

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

Jimmy has painted some small works in watercolour, inspired by different types of orchids recently and this is one of the bigger painting that he made in acrylic medium.

 

 

 

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2016 Celebration, acrylic on canvas, 61 x 46 cm

Expressing feelings of love and joy and reflecting artist's mood through art making.

 

 

 

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

Jimmy used colours, shapes and lines for abstract expressions.

 

 

 

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2018   Chinese New Year Reds   Acrylic on canvas 122 x 61 cm

A new series of paintings with colour fields and hard edges approach made by Jimmy.

 

 

 


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