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SILENT SERMON BY SANJAY KUMAR
Singapore, 22 February 2013 – Audience in Singapore will be the first outside of India to catch Indian artist Sanjay Kumar’s solo exhibition Silent Sermon, a series of paintings and installations inspired by Buddha and his life. The exhibition will be held at The Arts House from 1 to 10 March.
In Sanjay’s paintings, Buddha becomes a symbolic representation as the audience is led to a quiet contemplation. Sanjay employs the compositions of varied narratives in his works with rare sensibility and naturalness. For instance, the eyes are drawn like lotus petal; the arching eyebrows like the Indian bow; the shoulders like the dome of the head of an elephant; and the arms like an elephant’s tapering trunk.
Says Sanjay, who has taken the Buddha to be his muse and studied various literatures of Buddha’s philosophies over the past decade: “It has always been my ambition to show my works to a country that is densely populated with Buddhists, and Singapore is one such country. Silent Sermon is my first overseas solo exhibition and I hope my works would be enjoyed by like-minded peers.”
The exhibition is a collaboration between The Arts House and Artiere from Mumbai. It is curated by Mrs Kalpana Shah, director of Tao Art Gallery.
Says William Phuan, Director, The Arts House: “This is our first collaboration with Artiere, and we are very excited about showcasing Sanjay outside of India for the first time. While the subject matter may be about Buddha, Sanjay’s works in fact present a window into the contemplative narrative of humanity. The repose and beauty of the paintings offer our visitors a quiet retreat from the noise around us.”
A total of 22 works will be showcased at Silent Sermon, which will run from 1 to 10 March at The Arts House. Some of the notable works include Parikrama – I, Pragya Shil Karuna and Atta Deep Bhava. All of the exhibited works are available for sale.
The media is invited to a private preview and Meet-The-Artist session on 28 February at 3pm. Please RSVP your attendance to Ms Janice Zhang by 26 February.
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About The Arts House at The Old Parliament
Occupying the almost 200-year-old building that was Singapore's first Parliament House, The Arts House since its opening in 2004 has been offering its visitors a broad spectrum of lifestyle options, while at the same time playing an active role in the Singapore arts and creative scene. Since 2011, The Arts House has been focusing on the development of Literary Arts, while supporting and presenting programmes and festivals that aim to give a wide and multidisciplinary experience to our audiences. For more information, please visit www.theartshouse.com.sg.
Artiere, a company promoted by Priya Kothari and Ashvin Gidwani, conceptualises and executes art shows in India and internationally. We take great care to create bespoke, often path – breaking concepts and platforms for the promotion of art. Experiencing art and enveloping our audience to connect with the works is what we endeavour to deliver at every one of our events. Tailor-made experiences help us appeal to a wide cross section of high net-worth individuals across the globe.