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The Asian Prom: Dances of Asia in Visual Art
This exhibition will feature elucidating paintings depicting various dance forms of Asia, by 6 accomplished artists who hail from France, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and India.
By: Gnani Arts Pte Ltd
Opening Preview with Balinese Dance, Indian Dance & Carnatic Vocal Performances:
25 August 2012, 12 noon onwards
25 August 2012 – 5 September 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
The Asian Prom: Dances of Asia in Visual Art
S. Sivabalan is a significant artist from Kumbakonam (South India). He is well-recognised and appreciated for his poetic portrayals of the unassuming life in the villages of Tamil Nadu, South India. Sivabalan is also a winner of the Khsitiji Merit Award in Mumbai (1997) and he had obtained his Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Trichy (South India).
Odile Moulin was born in Bourg-en Bresse (France). She received intensive training in Ceramic Art in Paris at the National School of Arts Appliques, Olivier de Serres. Odile holds a Bachelor in Plastic Arts at the Aix en Provence University in the South of France. Through a scholarship, Odile received further training in Ceramic Art at the Athens School of Fine Arts in Greece. In 2009 and 2010, she was selected to receive three significant Sculpture Awards in France. In 2006, Odile’s first-ever solo art exhibition of sculptures and related drawings, entitled OM: A Sculptural Dance by Odile Moulin, was presented by The Gallery of Gnani Arts. In addition, Odile is also a trained Art Teacher who has conducted institutional and private art lessons in France and Singapore. She lives and creates in the South of France.
Born in Neyveli (South India) in 1970, P. Gnana is indeed a distinguished, leading painter and sculptor in Singapore. It is a fact that exemplary paintings by Gnana are in the collections of the current President of the Republic of Singapore, of the Singapore Art Museum of the National Heritage Board in Singapore, and of Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal (current Member of Parliament for Bathinda, Punjab). Other collectors of his artworks include the Coutts Bank, Ascenda's International Tech Park in Chennai (commission of 14 large-scaled abstract paintings in 2005), and several private corporations and individual art collectors in Southeast Asia, South Asia and Europe. In 2002, Gnana was a recipient of the LASALLE Scholarship of the LASALLE College of the Arts (Singapore), from where he received his formal training in the art of painting. He is also an active member of the Sculpture Society (Singapore). Gnana’s eighth solo art exhibition, The Eternal Cow: Sculptures and Paintings by P. Gnana, was presented at the Singapore Philatelic Museum in 2009. Gnana’s fascination towards the technique of collage in his paintings began in the first few years of his career. Today, collage is back in his art, but this time, on both sculpture and painting. With great confidence and an abundance of practical and aesthetic ideas, Gnana transforms the meaning and purpose of mundane, everyday objects into awe-inspiring poignant expressions of urban relevance. His solo exhibition of sculptural installations and paintings, entitled Parallel Play: A Travelling Collection of Art by P. Gnana, was presented in Kuala Lumpur in 2010 and in New Delhi in 2011. Gnana made his debut in New York in 2011.
Born in 1951 in Colombo (Sri Lanka), Raja Segar (known as Segar) is a painter/sculptor of Sri Lankan descent. He obtained his formal education at St Michael's College (Colombo). At the age of nineteen, Segar commenced his career in the field of accountancy. While studying for his accountancy examinations, Segar had spent most of his time in the reference sections of the British Council Library in Colombo. The collection of books and periodicals on art and artists in the Library triggered his unfathomable interest in the arts. Segar started to design his own greeting cards that portrayed themes that were strongly inspired by the day-to-day life of Sri Lankans. His cards became an instant hit, as they proved to be a new sensation (most visuals on greeting cards in Sri Lanka were usually retrieved from European Art. Appreciators of his card-designs encouraged Segar to create large paintings. And so, quite naturally, he became a painter. Segar started experimenting with the technique associated with the refractive effect of light in his paintings which were/are of abstract and figurative-cubist nature. In sculpture, steel will be his preferred medium. Apart from group exhibitions, Segar has presented solo exhibitions in Canada, Australia, England, India and Sri Lanka.
Satheesh Kanna was born and bred in Trichirapalli (Tamil Nadu, South India). He obtained his Masters in Fine Arts from the Government College of Arts and Crafts in Kumbakonam (Tamil Nadu). Bold brush-strokes, vivid moods and striking light effects are key aspects that are synonymous with Satheesh’s paintings. Satheesh has actively participated in numerous art exhibitions in several states within India. The Asian Prom exhibition launches Satheesh’s international creative pursuit.
Sivarajah Natarajan is one of Malaysia’s most compelling visual artists of the human form. He displays a passion for the figurative within the human body in motion. With his longstanding involvement with the Sutra Dance Theatre (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Sivarajah has indeed focused exclusively on dance. He has explored various genres of dances including Odissi, Bharata Natyam, Gotipua (boy-dancers of Orissa), Balinese and Javanese court dances, contemporary modern dances and the traditional Malaysian theatre forms of Makyong, Menora and Main Petri. Sivarajah is a pioneer in Malaysia when it comes to exploring the drawing and painting of Odissi and projecting this dance form as a familiar subject in Malaysian visual arts. Sivarajah, as a Fine Arts graduate of Malaysian Institute of Art (1992), found his métier in Sutra Dance Theatre (artistic director: Ramli Ibrahim) in the same year of his graduation. For the last nineteen years, he has been intimately pursuing his professional journey from being a visual artist, to a light-and-stage designer, to being the documenter and photographer of Sutra’s endeavours. Sivarajah had been the force behind Sutra’s tough international tours from archeological temple sites of India (Hampi, Konark, Khajuraho etc) to prestigious theatre venues in major cities of the world (Carnegie Hall in New York, UNESCO in Paris/Vienna, Sydney Opera House, Esplanade Singapore, Tropen Theater in Amsterdam, NCPA in Mumbai, etc.). As a painter, Sivarajah attempts to capture the dialectic between the joy and exuberance of movement and the divine madness of the dancer’s spirit. Sivarajah awards include the Best Set Award (2005), Lighting Designer Award (2010) in the BOH Cameronian Awards (Kakiseni) and Lifetime Achievement Award (2008). He is also a Trustee of the Board of Sutra Foundation.