Quayside Art

About James

Born in 1944, talented self-taught artist, James Koh,  is not only a modest and cultured artist, but was also a former farm manager. At the age 14, he spent a year under the tutelage of the late Dr. Chen  Wen Hsi.  His talent and innate love for nature motivated him to study and observe them. This allowed his expressions and feelings to flow into the composition of his paintings.

Delicately painted, his works of art include silk paintings, watercolour paintings of Singapore, Chinese paintings and calligraphy.

His achievements include his first commissioning by Singapore Airlines to paint the Fish of Prosperity, invitation by STPD to demonstrate his painting technique in Berlin Germany. Singapore Mint selected works by James Koh for Sing Gold and Silver Medallion and Ingots.

For the opening of Merchant Court Hotel, his paintings were picked to be printed into calendars, postcards and coasters.

“Inspiration”, “motivation” and “communication” are terms applied to his visual works of art which adorn the walls and galleries far beyond Singapore.



1984    -           Commissioned by SIA to paint the Fish of Prosperity

1986    -           National Day Visual Art Fair

1986    -           Asta ‘86 Painting Demonstration organized by STPD

1987    -           Art Fair ‘87 jointly organized by MCD, Lianhe Wanbao & Zaobao

1987    -           Painting selected for Centenary Art Exhibition and Award organized by National                                       Museum

1988    -           National Day Art Fair ‘88

1991    -           Paintings selected for sales and exhibition at Women’s International Club Bazaar                           ‘91 in Jakarta

1991    -           Participated in Artist Corner at the Pesta Buona Vista cum CD Day

1993    -           International Art Exhibition ‘93 “The Aquatic Environment” in South Africa

1994    -           Invited by STPD to demonstrated brush painting at ITB ‘94 Berlin, Germany

1995    -           Painting on “Pigs” was singled by The Singapore Mint for Singold & silver                                                 medallions in gold & silver ingot for the year 1995

1995    -           Painting selected to appear in Singapore Art ‘95

1997    -           19th Shell Discovery Art Exhibition

1997    -           Paintings selected by Merchant Court Hotel to be painted as Calendars, postcards                           and Coasters

1997    -           Art, Sculpture and Nature at Istana Park

1998    -           “Singapore River: People, Places and Activities” Art & Sculpture Exhibition at 
                          UOB Plaza

1998    -           Singapore Fine Arts Index 98

2000    -           Artist for the Year of the Dragon Phonecard Collectibles Limited Edition.