Monthly Archives: August 2007

Pannajiva brought back 2 photos from school. The school has arranged a photographer to take such a memorial and meaningful photo for the pupils and teacher.

They shall be leaving for secondary school soon. I appreciate their efforts very much. Here is one of the photos. :up:

I found out that there are 38 pupils in Pannajiva’s class, but there were only 28 pupils in my class 40 years ago. 😀

I painted this painting “Autumn River” in 1999. I take it out from my collection to enjoy it for a few days. The painting is not framed, it is stretched and sides painted. Yesterday I varnished it. I love it very much.

Autumn River
Acrylic on canvas
90 x 80 cm
Jimmy Quek Prabhakara

3D art work. Gold Prosperity Cakes
Size vary: approximately 3 x 3 x 3 cm each
Medium: Clay and Gold acrylic paints
Jimmy Quek Prabhakara

Contentment. 3D Art
Size: 11 X 6 X 7 CM (L x W x H)
Medium: Clay and Gold acrylic paints
Jimmy Quek Prabhakara

The above 3D works are for sale directly from the artist.
If you are interested to acquire the above 3D prosperity cakes, you could contact me at tel: 67823579, or email me at

I love this painting very much. I like the free strokes of brown colour that painted over the white and blue areas. There is a cool and breezing feeling. Inspiration of this painting comes from my visit to Tasmania in autumn.

Silver Lake. Acrylic on canvas. 47 x 46 cm. By Jimmy Quek Prabhakara

This is a small painting of ACEO size. I have painted few ACEO originals recently, this is one of them.

Blue Mountains
3.5 x 2.5 inches
Acrylic on paper
Jimmy Quek Prabhakara

I came to know the Maha Bodhi Society of India when I visited India in 1987, I have a strong impression about the name because the name Maha Bodhi is the same as my primary school Maha Bodhi School. The two has no direct relation and they are two seperate entities. …

Recently I came to know more about the history of the Maha Bodhi Society and its founder Anagarika Dharmapala. I could easily remember this name because I know one yogi friend in Malaysia, he has became a Buddhist monk some years ago and his name is also Dharmapala. The Maha Bodhi Society’s website is 🙂

This is an old photo taken by my classmate Kho C Kiat. He took this photo of my classmate See L Hwee and I more than 30 years ago. At that time we were studying at Ngee Ann Technical College. Kho C Kiat liked to take photos and he was an active member of the Photography Society in the College. I like this photo because of its composition and it is in black and white.

Black & white photo: Jimmy and See L Hwee. Photo taken by Kho C Kiat.Year 1974 to 1976.

Below is another old black and white photo of my collection. It is my primary school The Maha Bodhi School. At that time the school was situated at Lorong 34 Gaylang, Singapore. It could be possibly between 1962 to 1967, at least about 40 years ago. 😀

Black & white photo: The Maha Bodhi School.

Below is a graduation group photo of my last year in the primary school in 1967. At that time we were temporary transfered to Telok Kurau for lessons, as the school at Geylang was underging an expansion construction programe. Can you find me in the photo? 😀 The first one on the left, last row. 🙂

Primary School Graducation photo. Year 1967.

Below is another group photo of my secondary school classmates. I think this photo was taken at a get together party after we have left the secondary school. I can’t remember which year we took this photo, most likely in 1973, I am not sure. I have not met many of them for a very long time. I wish all of them well and happy.

Group photo of some secondary school classmates.

My computer gave me troubles these few days, so I tried to delete my files and I discovered this photo. Share it with you.

This “Still Life” painting was painted by me in 1973. That was 34 years ago… quite a long time ago. 🙂 The painting has been displaying on the wall in my computer room for many years.

The painting is still in good conditions. I think it is because the painting was framed and there is not much dust falls on the surface of the painting, due to the design of the frame. I remembered I sent this painting to my art school friend for framing when he started his frame making business at home.

Still Life. 1973. Oil on canvas. 36 x 26 cm. By Jimmy Quek Prabhakara.

The painting was signed with a “73”. That means I painted it in year 1973. It was one year after I completed my secondary education. In 1973 I went to learn art at the Nanyand Academy of Fine Arts. But I was not taught oil painting in Year 1 in the Art school. I could not remember whether I painted this painting before I went to the art school, or at that time I was in the art school. But I am sure that I did this painting privately at home as a practise of painting in oil. It is one of the very early study works. This painting has never been exhibited before. 😀

I feel happy and proud when I see this painting. I feel that way not because it is a wonderful painting of great composition, but because this painting reminds me of my love for art when I was just a 17 years old boy. And this love for art has been with me since then till now. No one could imagine at that time that this boy could paint so many paintings and he has become an artist practising art full time.

I hope this painting will be in the Singapore National Art Museum permenent collection one day. 🙂

This is an oil painting of Self Portrait painted by me when I was about 18 years old. At that time I was studying at Ngee Ann Technical College. I used palette knife for the painting and I also used brush to draw lines on the canvas. I took up some art lessons of oil painting from my secondary school art teacher in year 1972. I also learned from other art teachers at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1973. This is one of the early oil paintings that I practiced privately at home in 1974.

I am glad that the painting still survive today. It was painted on self-primed stretched canvas. The overall condition of the painting is still good. I could see that my passion for art was strong when I was young. My love for art has grown with me since then until today. Self Portrait 1974.

Oil on canvas. 20 x 24 inches. By Jimmy Quek Prabhakara. Artist Collection.

This is the first time the Singapore National Day Parade 2007 (NDP 2007) is held at Marina Bay. It is also the first National Day Parade (NDP) on the floating platform. This large scale visual and musical performance is wonderful. Congratulations and Rejoice!

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