The Art of Jeffrey Lim

I have been an untrained amateur artist for years.  My phases as an artist span 40+ years...with works in the early 1970s that adorn my walls.  I stopped for 24 years before picking up my brushes again in 1995.  Then another 16 year hiatus. 


Today the challenge for my talent is if I can still do it, in a different media.  For the first time I work on canvas using mostly acrylics.  I shudder at the use of oils!


This is my first work in 16 years..."Ode to Klimt" one of my favorite artists together with Tamara de Lempicka.


Naturally I took creative licence with two interpretations.   I have always loved the cloud band pattern found in Javanese batik textiles.  It is also a pattern widely used in Chinese dynastic royal garments.  Here again my inspiration for decorating the gown comes from the brilliant embroideries and kesi stitch work during the Ming and Qing dynasties. 


But again my creative licence is to combine three paintings in one so to speak...the cloud band pattern background, the lady herself and the pheasant-floral gown.


I enrich my interior and landscape design work with my own creative artistry. This is my style.


As I complete more work I will be adding them here.  If you have any interest in acquiring or commissioning work please contact me.

Ode to Klimt

Ode to Klimt

This piece is a tribute to Gustav Klimt's The Stocket Frieze, Expectation.  This is Klimt's only true mosaic work and fuses together a wide variety of influences. 


I fused my own influence. The cloud band design is from Java batiks.  The gown tries to emulate Qing dynasty lady's robes.  The calligraphy is long life which can be written in 100 ways.


I kicked off this series of 5 large canvas works with this piece.

CDS6 Warrior
CDS5 Blue Moon
CDS3 Seaworld
CDS7 Jump
CDS2 Eve
CDS4 Rhapsody in Blue
CDS8 Ribbon
CDS1 Closeup
CDS1 Flight

New Series of Work circa 2012

A series of several works in progress inspired by Cirque de Soleil starting with CDS1 Flight.

CDS1 Detail

Below detail from Ode to Klimt. 

Ode to Klimt, pheasant detail







The Buddha image is one of the most reproduced in Asian art.  It may or may not be considered religeous art.  What I have done here is to incorporate symbolic icons of Buddhism namely the Eight Treasures. Many Chinese artists use the Eight Treasures to decorate textiles, clothing, carpets, paintings, etc. 

The Bodhisattva represented here is not Buddha per se.  Its gender is also suspect.  In India Avaloketesvara is male whereas in China and Japan Quan In is female.



Mixed media acrylics on canvas, 39" x 39"





Tribute to Paul Manship, the Hunter

Paul Manship is one of the most brilliant artists I admire.  Many of us may know the famous Prometheus Fountain at Rockefeller Center in NY City.  That is his most visible work.  He was also America's medalist laureate.  Jacqueline Kennedy suggested Manship for the presidential medal.  Manship's 45 min. sketch of Kennedy made it as the Kennedy presidential medal.  It outsold any other presidential medal.


This tribute is to Manship's bronze Diana (greek Artemis), the goddess of hunting and archery.  My creative license made this the hunter.  The dog was replaced with the phoenix.


Mixed media, acrylics on canvas 48" x 60"

Tribute to Paul Manship: Hunter
Detail, Phoenix







'Concubine' tries to present the splendour of court robes worn during the Qing dynasty.  These robes were hand stiched with brilliant embroderies and kesi handwork.  The emperors had many concubines which usually elevated the girl's family status.  However they led a pretty repressed lives within the palace walls of the Forbidden City.  Butterflies are a rebus for long live and happy marriage.




Concubine Reprised
Concubine detail




Dance of Bliss Shiva Nataraja King of Dance

'Dance of Bliss' is a representation of Shiva, King of Dancers (Nataraja).  Two fantastic pieces were cast in the tenth century during the Chola Dynasty in Tamil Nadu.  To me these bronzes represent one of the most beautiful masterpieces of 'human' form that still resonates in today's Hindu religious art. 


A friend wrote me this in Sanskrit:  At the end of the Great Cosmic Cance, Natraj, the King of Dance beat his drum 14 times.  To that Natraj, the creator of the spiritual sound and movement, we bow again and again!


Acrylic on canvas 48" x 48"

Dance of Bliss
Dance of Bliss detail