Monthly Archives: September 2009

The big painting on the wall is High Land Bliss. I enjoy the colours and I could feel the air and space that are generated by the visual effects of the painting.

High Land Bliss. Acrylic on canvas. 112 x 112 cm. By Prabhakara Jimmy Quek. All Rights Reserved.

Another view of the paintings High Land Bliss (left) and Waterfall (right).

I painted a series of paintings inspired by Dhamma talks given by Sayadaw U Pandita. He talk about constructing Dhamma Pagoda in our heart. In ancient times, the Myanmar people had a great penchant for constructing pagodas. There were many pagodas in Myanmar, something like more than four million pagodas in Myanmar. Sayadaw urged yogis to build Dhamma pagodas, to establish the Buddha-Dhamma in their hearts. He said that the Dhamma pagodas that they are helping to construct are needed everywhere. They need to be built in every human heart. More could be found here.

Pagoda in our heart. 2000. Acrylic on canvas. 92 x 92 cm.

Walking meditation and Dhamma Pagoda. 2000. Acrylic on canvas. 92 x 92 cm.

Peace starts from within. 2000. Acrylic on canvas. 92 x 92 cm.
(This artwork was exhibited in Olympic Arts Festival 2004. Olympic Truce Pieces of Peace. A multinational project on Peace and Unity. Host: The Embassy of Greece. Venus: The Delegation of the European Commission in the United States.)

Meditation – Constructing Dhamma Pagoda. 2000. Acrylic on canvas. 92 x 92 cm.
Offered, Collection.

Building Dhamma Pagoda in Our Heart. 2000. Acrylic on canvas. 92 x 92 cm.

Building Dhamma Pagoda. 2002. Acrylic on canvas. 92 x 92 cm.

Walking Pagoda. 2002. Acrylic on canvas. 76 x 61 cm. Private collection.

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The first time a traveling exhibition has been organized to China and Hong Kong jointly put together by the National Arts Council and the National Heritage Board was in 1993 under the auspices of the Governments of Singapore and the People’s Republic of China.

This traveling exhibition was titled: “Window on Singapore Art”. A comprehensive range of works of 31 artists’ 57 paintings were presented and exhibited in seven cities in the People’s Republic of China and Hong Kong. Exhibition venues are China Art Gallery in Beijing, Shandong Provincial Art Gallery in Jinan, Suzhou Musuem in Suzhou, Shanghai Art Gallery in Shanghai, Quanzhou Oversea Communication Museum in Quanzhou, Xiamen Library in Xiamen, Guangdong Provincial Museum in Guangdong and Fung PinShan Museum in Hong Kong.

The 31 Singapore artists are: Chen Chong Swee, Georgette Chen, Cheong Soo Pieng, Choo Keng Kwang, Diana Chua, Chua Ek Kay, Chuan Keng Boon, Fan Chang Tien, Foo Chee San, Goh Beng Kwan, Goh Ee Choo, Huang Pao Fang, Jaafa Latiff, Lee Hock Moh, Vincent Leow, Lim Cheng Hoe, Lim Poh Teck, Lim Tze Peng, Lin Hsin Hsin, Liu Kang, Nai Swee Leng, Jimmy Ong, Ong Kim Seng, Anthony Poon, Prabhakara Jimmy Quek, Salleh Japar, See Hiang To, Tan Kian Por, Tang Da Wu, Tang Mun Kit and Wee Beng Chong.

It takes four months to complete the traveling exhibition at the 8 cities.

Photo: Each artist’s painting was printed in the exhibition catalog with a short introduction of the artist. The painting on the left is mine.

This is a watercolor painting on paper. In this painting, I painted some common objects that were placed on a table. Objects like files, folders, bread, glass bowl and friuts. I started this watercolor painting with quick sketch on the paper and then I painted it with watercolors.

Things on table. Watercolours on paper. 11 x 14 inches. By Prabhakara Jimmy Quek.
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I first met Sam Ho at Vipassana Meditation Centre Singapore (VMC) when it was located at Jalan Haji Saleem 10 year ago. I knew he has been a meditator and financial consultant for a long time. He went for meditation retreats in Malaysia regularly and he liked to introduce meditation and Dhamma to people. He was actively involved in VMC’s activities. We became friends and he visits me regularly.

Later when VMC was located at Paya Lebar Walk, Sam was the organizer for One Day Mindfulness Retreat and Group Sitting on Friday evening. He was also the organizer for the VMC’s First Novitiate program that was held in 2002. Currently VMC is located at 251 Lavender Street.

Sam Ho and Jimmy Quek at Jimmy’s home studio.

Sam took up Buddhism Study at the Mangala Vihara Buddhist Temple in 2004. He was awarded a Diploma in Buddhism by Buddhist and Pali College of Singapore. He continued the Buddhism study and he graduated with a Degree in Buddhism from the Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka in 2007. Currently he is taking a Master Degree Course of Buddhism conducted by the Buddhist and Pali Universary.

At Mangala Vihara Buddhist Temple, Sam started Meditation Class, One Day Retreat, Group Sitting Session and recently he started a new class “Introduction to Buddhism” for those who are interested to learn Buddhism. He told me there were more than 50 people joined the class.

Twice a year Sam brought people to Bhaddekkaratta Hermitage Centre in Batu Pahat for 10 days retreat. Batu Paha is a town in West Malaysia. Sam told me that people commented that the centre was like a 5 stars resort.

I asked Sam about his hobbies, he replied: “Yoga, golf and gym.”, and then he added with a big smile: “Meditation.”

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