Irena Kurkova trained and worked as a civil engineer in Prague in her native Czech Republic. On moving to Singapore in 2011, Irena took the opportunity to pursue her passion for painting under the tutelage of academic Singaporean painter Wee Shoo Leong.
“Painting has been my joy and great hobby for a long time. Yet, in the past few years, I did not find the right opportunity and time for it. During a posting to Singapore, I started to paint again. With a great pleasure and for about 4 years, I attended oil painting classes given by Mr.Wee Shoo Leong, who is a great and inspirational teacher. For four months I was also taught by American portrait painter and commissioned artist, Mr Clayton Hudnall. I love to paint, as it gives me a sense of freedom and great relaxation. I enjoy expressing myself through colors.”
Irena has painted a number of commissioned pieces which are now in houses and apartments in Singapore, Middle East, UK, USA, Denmark, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Germany, Romania and Australia. In 2014 Irena illustrated a book of poems written by Eva Crasimová.
Since August 2015, Irena has been living in Zurich, Switzerland, with her husband and two daughters. Passion for painting remained and Irena is attending art classes of Johanna Franco. “Johanna has a great contribution to my artistic journey “. Since 2017, Irena Kurkova has been supporting Room to Read by donating her paintings. Room to Read is a non-profit organization for improving literacy and gender equality in education in the developing world.
"Valley of Dreams"
Oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm
Oil on canvas, 90 x 90 cm
Oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm
Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 120 cm
"Swiss Memories II"
Acrylic on canvas, 70 x 100 cm
Oil on canvas, 90 x 60 cm