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Healing layers of Color & Light

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Healing layers of Color & Light

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    I moved to Japan in 2012 after retiring from my first career in healthcare. I trained extensively across all media, including sumi-e/Nihonga for 7 years between the Tokyo Campus of Temple’s Tyler School of Art and Professional/Studio workshops. I moved to Singapore in 2019 and continue my professional development wherever possible.

    My works have been shown in national and international juried shows, including the Tokyo Tower Art Fair, the ION Orchard Gallery in Singapore, the Ueno No Mori Art Museum (Royal Art Museum) in Japan, the National Art Gallery in Tokyo, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Ueno, the Intercontinental Hotel In Osaka and the ANA Crowne Plaza hotel in Kobe.

    My artworks reside among private collections in the USA, Singapore, Japan, India, Hong Kong and Australia. Paintings have also been publicly displayed in the corporate offices of the German Centre – Singapore, the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, Metlife Japan, and Blue Bay Consulting in Tokyo.

    I am an international mixed-media artist whose work engenders respite and renewal from the chaos of daily life.  My work is an exploration of interconnection between the ancient art of kintsugi, the spiritual world of chakras, and the emotional resonance of color. "Alchemy of Renewal" is a visual representation of the transformative power of embracing imperfections, the balance of energies within, and the vibrancy of the human experience.

    The art of Kintsugi, rooted in Japanese tradition, is a practice of mending broken pottery with lacquer mixed with precious metals. Through this process, the once-flawed object becomes a work of art, each golden seam celebrating its history and resilience. I draw inspiration from kintsugi as a metaphor for the human journey. We, too, bear the scars of life's trials and tribulations. These scars, like the cracks in pottery, tell our unique stories and signify our strength.

    For me, the concept of chakras, energy centers within our being, aligns beautifully with the idea of kintsugi. Just as kintsugi restores broken pottery, balancing and healing our chakras helps us mend the energy imbalances within us. Each chakra is represented by a distinct color, symbolizing a different aspect of our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. In "Alchemy of Renewal," I explore the harmonious relationship between these energy centers and their corresponding colors.

    Color, a universal language that transcends words, plays a pivotal role in my artwork. The colors associated with chakras guide the visual narrative of transformation. Red symbolizes the root chakra, our foundation and stability. Orange represents the sacral chakra, where creativity and emotions flow. Yellow embodies the solar plexus chakra, signifying self-confidence and personal power. Green evokes the heart chakra, where love and compassion reside. Blue embodies the throat chakra, our center of communication and expression. Indigo represents the third eye chakra, our window to intuition and insight. Finally, violet and white symbolize the crown chakra, our connection to the divine and spiritual enlightenment.

    Through intricate patterns of color, I convey the flow of energy within, as each chakra contributes to our holistic well-being. The artwork's composition mirrors the balance we strive to achieve in life—imperfect, yet beautiful in its entirety.

    "Renewal" invites viewers to reflect on their own journey of healing, acceptance, and growth. It celebrates the resilience of the human spirit, the power of transformation, and the beauty that arises from embracing our imperfections. Just as kintsugi turns broken pottery into works of art, we, too, can find strength and beauty in our journey of healing, guided by the harmonious energies of our chakras and the vibrant palette of our emotions.

    MATERIALS

    I do not limit myself to select materials.  Instead, I use whatever materials or media inspire me as I create my artwork.  Substrates can include canvas, wood, paper and/or a combination of these and other textile materials.  Much of my artwork includes some form of gold, silver and/or metal leaf. I also enjoy experimenting with other substrates, such as Tree Bark Paper and Papyrus.

    As a tactile artist, I enjoy working with different textures and will often lay down the first few layers of media with my hands to create more intimate connections with my art.  I enjoy feeling the paint between my fingers as I lay down colors on the substrate. At times, I will sandpaper layers of paint back to reveal the colors and/or patterns underneath.

    I work with oil, acrylic, gouache, and watercolor paint mediums combined with gold, silver and other metal leaf, across western and Japanese brush strokes.

    I am an international mixed-media artist whose work engenders respite and renewal from the chaos of daily life.  My work is an exploration of interconnection between the ancient art of kintsugi, the spiritual world of chakras, and the emotional resonance of color. "Renewal" is a visual representation of the transformative power of embracing imperfections, the balance of energies within, and the vibrancy of the human experience.

    What needs repair does not need to define us. We can heal, regenerate, and evolve into improved versions of ourselves, with renewed strength and purpose

     

     

    SHOWS/EXHIBITIONS

    2024
    Feb: Arts House, Singapore - Canvas Connections Group Show
    Feb: Camelback Gallery Artist Invitational VIII - USA Finalist
    Feb: Grey Cube Gallery 2024 Abstract Art Show - USA Finalist

     

    2023
    Dec: Circle Foundation for the Arts “Circle Quarterly Art Review” - Artistic Excellence Award
    Dec: Voice of Art II Group show, BeOne Gallery - ION Orchard Gallery, Singapore
    Dec: Collectible Art Fair SG 2023 - The Art Space by Natalie Wong, Singapore
    Nov: Circle Foundation for the Arts Personal Artist Book Contest - Artistic Excellence Award
    Nov: “Celebrations” Group Show - German Centre for Industry & Trade, Singapore
    Sep-Oct: Elements, The Healing Power of Art & Artists, Manhattan Arts NYC
    Aug: Bronze Award, Artist Invitational VII, Camelback Gallery, USA
    Aug: Art Seen Magazine - The Curators’ Salon. Juried Acceptance Available here on Amazon
    Aug: HMVC Gallery NY Freestyle Group Show work displayed at Times Square, NYC
    Aug: Circle Foundation for the Arts Exhibition in Miami - Artistic Excellence Award
    Jul: Longlisted Visual Art Open 2023 UK & International Emerging Artist Awards
    Jul: Longlisted Visual Artist Association Professional Artist Award 2023
    Jun - Sep: Resilience & Renewal Solo Show The German Centre for Industry & Trade - Singapore
    The Healing Power of Color 2023 Exhibition: The Healing Power of Art & Artists, Manhattan Arts, NYC
    Online Solo Exhibition: Teravarna Gallery Rajul Shah - Teravarna Gallery
    Featured Artist: Camelback Gallery Rajul Shah Featured Artist
    May: German Centre, Singapore solo show: Resilience & Renewal
    Apr: Gallery at the Well, Emerald Hill, Singapore
    Mar-Apr: Small Works Group Show Maya Gallery, Singapore
    Mar: “HER STORY 2023”: Online Gallery, Manhattan Arts NYC USA
    Mar: Tokyo Tower Art Fair, Tokyo Japan
    Feb: ISEA Making Our Marks 9th Annual Member Only Online Exhibition
    Jan: Healing Power of Art and Artists, : “The Healing Power of Art Inspired by Nature” 2023. Online Gallery, Manhattan Arts NYC USA

     

    2022
    Winter 2022: Circle Foundation for the Arts Quarterly Art Magazine - Artistic Excellence Award
    Dec: India Art Fair: Bangalore
    Nov: Honorable Mention: 6th Annual Skies Art Exhibition, Fusion Gallery
    Oct: Finalist ArtExpo New York Contest: Circle Foundation of the Arts
    Oct - Nov: Thrive! Exhibiting Breast Cancer Journeys, NMB Discovery Library, Miami, FL
    Healing Power of Art and Artist: Resilience 2022. Online Gallery, NYC USA
    Oct: Thrivers Breast Cancer Awareness Art Show, Shipyard Garden, Hollywood, FL.
    August: Shortlisted Visual Artist Association Professional Artist Award 2022
    August: Longlisted Visual Art Open 2022
    Jun: Group Show: True Colors, MusnadiWeskamp Galerie, Koln, Germany
    Mar: 2022 ALL WOMEN Artist Competition & Exhibition. Contemporary Art Gallery Online
    Mar: Passionate Excellence (Group Show) - NMB Library, North Miami Beach, FL USA
    Feb: Gallery at the Well, Emerald Hill, Singapore
    The Spirit of Resilience 2022, Manhattan Arts International Online Gallery, NYC USA

     

    2021
    Nov: International Society of Experimental Artists:

    “Utterly Unfathomable and Powerfully Profound” 3rd Annual Member Only Online Juried Exhibition.
    Nov: CANCER: Never Give Up- 2021 Gallerium Art
    Oct - Dec: Art in Lockdown, Miramar Cultural Center, Miramar, USA
    Oct: XIII Florence Bienniale: Florence, Italy
    Sep -Oct: Interwoven: An Exhibit of Breast Cancer Art, Broward Art Guild, Miami, USA
    Oct-Jan: Gallery at the Well, Emerald Hill, Singapore
    Jun/Jul Contemporary Art Gallery Online: All Abstract Art Exhibition - Winner
    May/Jun: Contemporary Art Gallery Online: All Landscape Art Exhibition
    May: Circle Foundation for the Arts 6th Quarterly Art Review: Artistic Excellence Award
    2021 Visual Arts Association International Show
    2021 Spring Online ISEA (International Society of Experimental Artists)
    2021 Mellow Art Award, Japan - Special Prize
    Feb: Colors of Humanity Gallery - Red 2021 Show
    Jan: LightSpaceTime: “All Women” Art Exhibition - Special Recognition

    2020
    Nov/Dec: Circle Foundation for the Arts Magazine Art IDEAL: Artistic Excellence Award
    Nov: HelvetArt November 2020 “Red” Show
    Nov: ArtisTTAble 38th Exhibition: 2020 Women’s Show
    Nov: Fusion Arts 5th Anniversary Art Exhibition Vishudha I: Hear Us Rise
    Oct: 2020 American Art Awards - 5th place Abstract Expressionism
    Oct: LightSpaceTime: 10th Exhibition “Landscapes” - Special Recognition
    Oct: Colors of Humanity Gallery “Landscapes”
    Sep: Contemporary Art Room Online Gallery – 2nd Annual Skies Art Exhibition: http://www.artroomgalleryonline.com/current_exhbition.html
    Sep: 3rd Annual Women Artists – 15th Quarterly Art Competition Online Juried Art Exhibition – Fusion Art
    Sep: A Light in the Darkness, Las Laguna Gallery – Group Show. https://wwwlaslagunagallery.com/light
    Aug: 4th Annual Skies Art Exhibition – https://www.fusionartps.com/4th-annual-art-exhibition-august-2020
    Aug: 29th Annual International Society of Experimental Artists – originally Alberta, Canada now online due to COVID-19
    Jul: Honorable Mention “SPACE” ArtisTTable 36th Online Exhibition.
    Jun: Finalist: June 2020 Grey Cube Gallery Skies Exhibition (online juried)
    Jun: LightSpaceTime: 10th Annual “Seascapes” Exhibition 2020 (International Juried) -Special Recognition
    Apr – May: “All Planet Earth” International Juried Online Exhibition, Contemporary Art Gallery
    Apr: 3rd Annual Online “COLORS” Art Competition (international juried), Contemporary Art Room Gallery
    Artsy Shark Artist Showcase Spring 2020
    Mar: LightSpaceTime: 11th Annual Abstracts Group Exhibition (international juried) - Special Recognition
    Mar: All Women Artist Competition (international juried Group Show)
    Mar: “Skies” Group Exhibition (international juried)
    Spring All Members Online Exhibition International Society of Experimental Artists
    Feb: “If Walls Could Speak” IONArt Gallery w Mayinart/ARTPODium, Singapore
    2019
    Aug: 32nd Annual National Japanese Exhibition of Nature (National – Juried) Ueno No Mori Art Museum, Tokyo - Japan
    Jul: Group Show – Art No Millenni Gallery, Barcelona
    Jun: Tokyo International Art Fair (Juried) Belle Salle, Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan
    May: Hartexpo Barcelona – Art Nou Millenni Gallery
    May: 40th Regional Shinseisaku Group Show – Yokohama Civic Center
    Feb – Apr:  Abstract-Fully Yours. Art for Charity Group Show. ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel, Kobe, Japan
    Jan – Mar: The Healing Power of Art. Online Juried Exhibition. Manhattan Arts International

    2018
    Nov:  49th Annual Genyou-ten Exhibition (National – Juried) Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Ueno – Japan - Honorable Mention: Kusukabe Paints
    Sep-Oct:  82nd Annual Shinseisaku Exhibition (National -Juried) National Art Gallery, Tokyo – Japan
    Oct – December: Our Bond with Nature. Online Juried Exhibition. Healing Power of Art. Manhattan Arts International
    Sep-Oct:  Spirited Away. Solo    Best Living Studios. Tokyo, Japan
    Aug:   Group Show. BMW Gallery. Osaka, Japan
    Jun-Aug: HER Story Online Juried Exhibition. Healing Power of Art. Manhattan Arts International
    May:  The Bucket List.  Solo show. Kitano Alley Gallery. Kobe, Japan
    May – Aug:  Art & Patisserie. Co-exhibitor. Stressed Patisserie. Intercontinental Hotel Osakai
    Feb: India Art Festival Solo Nehru Centre, Mumbai, India

    2016/2017
    Nov ‘17: An Artful Christmas Group Intercontinental Hotel, Osaka, Japan
    Oct ‘17: The Fuji Collection Solo Kitano Alley Gallery, Kobe, Japan
    Sep ‘17: Print Show Group Kitano Alley Gallery, Kobe, Japan
    Jun ‘17: Art For Charity Group Kitano Alley Gallery, Kobe, Japan
    Mar ‘17: Blossom Blast Daily Rotating Easel Solo UltraNew Super Gallery, Harajuku, Japan
    Nov ‘16: International Bazaar Group Show Tokyo American Club, Tokyo, Japan
    Oct ‘16:  Indian Icons: Peace, Spirit, Joy Co-Exhibitor DesignFesta Gallery, Harajuku, Japan
    AFFILIATIONS
    Artling

    Healing Power of Art & Artists, New York

    Manhattan Arts International, New York

    Circle Foundation of the Arts, UK

    Purple Octopus Art, USA

    Teravarna Gallery

     

    MEMBERSHIPS
    VAA: Visual Artist Association

    ISEA: International Society of Experimental Artists

    Canvas Connections: Womens’ Art Collective in Singapore

    Women’s Art Association of Singapore

    PUBLICATIONS
    Art Seen Magazine - The Curators’ Salon. Juried Acceptance Available here on Amazon

    SPOTLIGHT Magazine: Issue 32. Healing Winds of Manipura I&II

    AATANOU: The Healing Art of Rajul Shah

    SPOTLIGHT Magazine: Issue 24, p. 163:  Healing Manipura I

    ART International Contemporary Magazine January/February 2022

    WHITE ENSO. Issue 2 Summer 2021 “A Painter’s Vision of the Art of Kintsugi” - Author: Rajul Shah

    Artsy Shark - Feb 2021 “Evolution of an Expat Artist” - Inspiration Article

    Passage July/August 2020:  Friends of the Museum, Singapore “The Japanese Art of Kintsugi” Author: Rajul Shah

    STUDIO VISIT MAGAZINE, 2019: Volume 45 & 46

    ONBEAT Magazine Volume 8, 2017 Tokyo, Japan

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