Singapore, Singapore, April 23, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- The Gallery of Gnani Arts have no doubt that you are indeed acquainted with the visual possibilities deriving from Ganesha, the popular Hindu god, and the Buddha, the ultimate epitome of divine/spiritual enlightenment. However, this contemporary art exhibition is neither about the re-contextualisation of traditional images nor is it about any controversial comparison between religious/mythological beliefs. Indeed, this first-of-its-kind exhibition, which was conceptualised two years ago, is about the participating artists' creative yet sensitive treatment of the many perspectives in which the mighty concepts of the two global cultural icons can combine aesthetically on a philosophical, historical or a purely visual basis.
With pride and delight, The Gallery of Gnani Arts introduces the artists of Buddha Meets Ganesha:
J. Kalidass is an Art Educator with Singapore’s Ministry of Education. Upon being trained in the art of painting at Lasalle College of the Arts (Singapore), Kalidass completed his Bachelors in Contemporary Arts at the University of Tasmania (Australia). Having had participated in several group art exhibitions in Singapore, Kalidass’ first solo art exhibition was successfully presented in April 2010 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts. Recently, Kalidass effectively launched his artworks in Hong Kong, Korea and Australia.
Singapore has been home to India-born Maheswari Arun for the past decade. Colours are indeed the principle catalyst for her creative inspirations, offering her a relentless and unlimited liberty to visualise her personal and professional encounters on canvas. Maheshwari, a lawyer by profession, received her training in the arts at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Singapore). She presented a successful solo exhibition in Singapore in 2012, and some of her paintings form a part of private and corporate art collections in the United Kingdom, India and Singapore.
Mumbai-born Sagarika Sen, a qualified accountant, has been intensively practising art since the past fourteen years. Having participated in numerous group exhibitions in Singapore and Taiwan, her paintings were well-appreciated in the Affordable Art Fair (Singapore) in 2010 and 2011. Sagarika, for whom art is a form of meditation, has donated some of her paintings to selected schools and charitable organisations as a form of assistance in the raising of funds.
Sangeeta Charan, who holds a Masters in Life Sciences, started to practise art even while pursuing a career as a Science teacher. Sangeeta, who is now dedicating all her time to painting, gains inspiration from the genres of Post Impressionism and Fauvism. Having participated in numerous group exhibitions in Singapore (a country that has been her home for the past eighteen years), her paintings were well-received in the Affordable Art Fair (Singapore) in 2010 and 2011. Indian classical dance and ceramic sculptures are her other passion.
Sarbani Bhattacharya is armed with a Bachelor in Visual Arts from the famed Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta). One of her paintings, under the theme of Mother and Child, was selected as ‘The Painting of 2005’ at the Gnani Arts Awards 2005 in Singapore. Having participated in several group art exhibitions in Singapore for the past eight years, Sarbani’s first solo art exhibition was successfully presented in July 2010 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts. In 2010, Sarbani’s paintings were well-received in Kuala Lumpur at the Art Expo Malaysia 2010. Her paintings can be found in private collections in selected countries in Europe and Southeast Asia.
Siva Perakas, who has a keen interest in the realm of Digital Art, was trained in the discipline of Social Sciences in Australia and Singapore. Siva has been a dedicated Art Educator with Singapore’s Ministry of Education for the past fifteen years. Generally, themes associated with botany and sea-life excite Siva.
Umapathy received intensive training in the arts from the Government College of Arts and Crafts in Kumbakonam (South India). His drawings and paintings were launched in Singapore in 2011 through a significant solo exhibition that was presented by The Gallery of Gnani Arts. Umapathy has successfully participated in notable group and solo exhibitions in India and Singapore. Also, the spirited artist displays a deep involvement in Tamil Literature. This interest led to the creation of his very own poems (in Tamil) which usually carry a social message. He has also written and produced a short film in Tamil that was based on Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of ahimsa (meaning ‘non-violence’, literally).
Official Opening Preview:
3 May 2012 (Thursday), 7pm
3 May 2012 – 16 May 2012
The Gallery of Gnani Arts (new gallery space)
#01-17, Tanglin Shopping Centre
19, Tanglin Road
Tel: 6735 3550, 9850 4006
Mondays to Saturdays: 11am – 7pm
Sundays: 11am to 6pm
For Further Information:
Mrs Vidhya Gnana Gouresan
The Gallery of Gnani Arts
Tel: 6735 3550, 9850 4006