Monthly Archives: March 2009

A friend retuned some books to me last week. One of the books was an art book: Change 20 Singapore Artists, A Decade Of Their Work. This book had been with him for 5 years.

This is a 240 page coffee-table edition featuring 220 full colour plates and 21 colour portraits of the Singapore Artists. They are Teo Eng Seng, Ng Eng Teng, Thomas Yeo, Yeo Siak Goon, One Kim Seng, Ng Yak Whee, Wan Soon Kam, Prabhakara Jimmy Quek (myself), Teng Nee Cheong, Siew Hock Meng, Low Puay Hua, Leo Hee-Tong, Ghoo Keng Kwang, Lee Boon Wang, Kuan Soong, Lee Hock Moh, Tay Bak Koi, Tan Choh Tee, Foo Chee San and Ang Ah Tee.

(A photo of the art book printed with my paintings.)

This book was an exciting volume documented the above mentioned 20 selected artists in Singapore at that time, it traced the artists’ development and it offered rare insight into their creative output of the remarkable diversity of styles and media which was best represented the Singapore art scene in 1991.

I had a few good browses of the book since the day it was returned to me. The aerial view painting featured there reminded me of my aerial view paintings that I had painted in late 80’s and early 90’s. Aerial View was one of the subjects that I loved to paint. (One of my Aerial View paintings titled Golden Land 1995 was collected by Singapore Art Museum.)

I still love painting Aerial View. Without delay I worked on two small 8″ x 8″ empty canvases. I enjoyed the play of colours that created space and depth on the surface of the paintings. Below a photo of the paintings that I have painted.
Aerial View 1 & 2. 2009. Acrylic on canvas. 8 x 8 inches.
By Jimmy Quek Prabhakara.

Hope you enjoy this post. Have a Nice Day!


Very often, people ask me if I teach painting? I tell them that I don’t teach now and they then ask me why don’t I teach? It seems like artist usually teaches art and painting. I tell them that I taught painting and drawing in the 80s and 90s and I conducted art workshop for teachers at Metta School some time ago. Then, people tell me that it is good to teach, they encourage me to teach again and to share my artistic skills and experiences to those who need them.

Recently, I receive a few inquiries about teaching painting and have met a few people who wish to solve their painting problems and they wish I could help them. They tell me they love my paintings and wish to have painting class and painting lessons with me. They wish to learn from me. After considering their needs for sometimes, I decided to make myself available a few hours weekly to share my artistic experience and skills to them.

I have worked out a few Painting Courses that are available for them and a website for that. Started from the first week of April 2009, currently limited to 3 to 5 people at each small group session and the one-on-one session is also available. Courses that are available are:

1. Acrylic Painting Lessons – This course is for beginners. This could be for those who like to do the acrylic painting for fun and to enjoy the process of art-making.

2. Acrylic Painting for Improver – This course is for those who wish to improve their paintings.

3. Painting Session for Art Lovers – This is for those who wish to continue receiving guidance from me after completed any of the above painting sessions.

4. Basic sketching/drawing lessons – For those who wish to learn how to “see” and “record” what they see. After all, drawing is the foundation of all arts.

If you are interested in these art classes/painting sessions and you wish to have more information about it, please click here for the art class/art sessions website, which has information like time schedule, fee, materials needed, courses available, inquiry and registration, etc.

The URL for art class/painting lessons is:

Above painting:
Landscape. 2009.
Acrylic on paper.
By Jimmy Quek.

Three of my paintings had been acquired and installed at Singapore Embassidor Residence in Manila early this year. This is one of the ways promoting Singapore artist and his art works in other country by Singapore Government. Here, a photo of one of the 3 paintings, I took this photo when the painting was still with me.

Morning Meditation. Acrylic on canvas. 102 x 76 cm.
Coll: Ministry collection.

I painted this painting in year 2003 when I thought of working out a painting with Bodhi Tree, with a mood of calm, serenity and peaceful effects. I visited Bodhigaya in India, where there was a big Bodhi Tree. It was a serene and peaceful morning. People meditated arround the Bodhi Tree. People believe that the Buddha attained his enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree at this place. I though it would be a good idea to paint a painting that comes from this memory. I did a small sketch study before I started working on this painting. I hope to achieve a calm and peaceful effects with pictorial elements of tree, a silhouette of pagoda behind the tree, silhouettes of people meditating in this painting.

This painting is collected by the Singapore National Library Board. I learned that it is currently displayed at Marine Parade Library office near the entrance at B1 level. This photo shows the painting was with me at home before the acquisition.

Jimmy and painting at home. The painting is 120 x 100 cm, painted in acrylic.
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Acrylic painting.

Strong Wind & Changing Cloud. Acrylic on canvas. 92 x 92 cm
By Prabhakara Jimmy Quek. All Rights Reserved.

If you wish to learn how to paint acrylic painting or learn basic drawing/sketching in Singapore, you are welcome to check it at my website:

These are the basic acrylic painting materials needed for Acrylic Painting Lessons for beginners: Canvas or canvas panel. 2B pencil or charcoal stick. Brushes. Acrylic paints or Acrylic introduction set. Painting knife. Mediums. Paper towels or Tissue papers. Portable easel (optional). If you are interested in painting course conducted by Jimmy (artist in Singapore), please click here for more information. You are welcome to join the painting sessions.

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