Exhibit Archives

 

The Global Icon: Ganesha in Fine Art

ION Art Gallery, May 2014

It was in 2003 that Gnani Arts launched this tremendously-successful series of exhibitions showcasing modern and contemporary art of Ganesha (followed by exhibitions in 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010). The Global Icon: Ganesha in Fine Art is the 6th in the series. This significant sixth was staged as a blockbuster at the ION Art Gallery (Singapore) from 14 to 20 May 2014, with the High Commissioner of India in Singapore (H.E. Mrs Vijay Thakur Singh) as the Guest-of-Honour of its official opening preview on 14 May 2014; and with the Singapore Art Gallery Guide as its Media Partner, the Indian Women’s Association Singapore as its Principle Supporter, the Singapore NRI Buzz as its Media Supporter and Protsahan India Foundation as its Charity Partner. The exhibition was indeed international and multiracial as it featured paintings of Ganesha by senior and emerging artists from Singapore (of Chinese as well as Indian origins), France, Sweden, Palestine, Taiwan, China, India and Sri Lanka. The participating artists were Dr S. Chanthiran, Gloria Keh, P. Gnana, Ika Forssell, Joyotee Ray Chaudhury, J. Kalidass, Kalpana Yuvarraaj, Odile Moulin, Raja Segar, Rasha Eleyan, Richard Chen, Selva Raja, Sheikh Hifzul, Shyama Nadimpalli, Sonali Mohanty, Sun I-Yu and A. Umapathy.

Performance at the Official Opening Preview: Odissi Dance Performance by Chitra Shankar, Artistic Director of Chitrakala Arts, Singapore

‘The Global Icon’ Forum-with-the-Artists: 17 May 2014 (Saturday) at 2pm, ION Art Gallery

MOMMY DADDY: Art for the Love of Parents

8  – 24 May 2013 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts

The exhibition will feature artworks which will celebrate the unconditional love given by each and every parent to their children. Mommy Daddy Exhibition will be presented in conjunction with Mother’s Day and Father’s Day celebration.

Participating Artists: P. Gnana, Pon Ragunathan, J. Kalidass, Aravind Mahajan, Gajraj Chavan, Sarbani Bhattacharya, Sagarika Sen, Sangeeta Charan, Tasneem Moochhala, Gloria Keh, Amita Dutt, Meeta Seth, Megha Nema, Ika Forsell

THE RULE OF NARRATIVE: Contemporary Indian Art by Significant Artists

10 – 19 January 2013 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts
03 January – 28 February 2013 at The American Club Singapore

The exhibition showcases a treasured selection from the Gnani Arts Collection, featuring paintings by five significant and award-winning Indian artists – P. Gnana, Pon Ragunathan, P. Perumal, Hifzul and A. Viswam. The collection elucidates various narrative sensibilities, which aptly exemplify the individual creative psyche of the participating artists. The exhibition offers the viewer a prolific combination of meticulous technique and poignant stories to ponder over.

INCARNATION: Larger-than-life Sculptures of the Cow by P. Gnana

Jointly-presented by Sculpture Society Singapore & The Gallery of Gnani Arts and supported by the National Parks Board (Singapore)

20 – 31 December 2012 at Galeri Utama (The Foothills Fort Canning Park)

Incarnation showcases P. Gnana’s fascination towards the technique of collage, but this time in the genre of sculpture and on a scale that is unprecedented in his career. Without any hesitancy, he endows his sculptures with an individualistic aesthetic impact by combining the manipulation of found media with his favourite metaphor, the cow; a poignant and versatile visual symbol that has granted him an admirable amount of acclaim in the international art arena.

This exhibition is indeed monumental as this inaugural collection of four larger-than-life sculptures by P. Gnana has been in the making for five years. (This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

Guest-of-Honour: Mr. Kong Yit San (Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Park Management and Lifestyle Cluster, National Parks Board)

NOTHING ELSE BUT LOVE: Sculptures and Paintings by P. Gnana in Singapore

12 – 23 September 2012 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts

Nothing Else But Love is a significant exhibition that features a fresh collection of paintings and sculptures by P. Gnana, under a visual language of whimsically-stylized imagery of human figures within the universal concept of nothing else but love. And this love that he portrays, connects to as many perspectives as one can imagine. Some figures are intentionally androgynous, whereby gender is no hindrance to the viewer’s response to the alluring feel of unconditional love. And some figures are absolutely defined, perhaps in the case of the timeless concept of the Mother and Child. Nevertheless, the concept remains poignant and invincible. It is intriguing to note that Gnana’s recent series of paintings and sculptures stand proof to the fact that this fascination towards love and human figures has been rekindled with an even larger exotic yet emotive impact, within a colour palette that is unprecedented in his career, thanks to the profound combination of oil and fabric collage on canvas.

This exhibition is indeed monumental, as it is after three years that P. Gnana’s art collection is being showcased in the Lion City, after exhibiting his paintings and sculptures in New Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, Bangalore, Mumbai and New York. (This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

Guest-of-Honour: Dr. Prem Pillay (Medical Director, Singapore Brain-Spine-Nerves Center, Neuro Spine and Pain Center Singapore)

THE ASIAN PROM: Dances of Asia in Visual Art

25 August – 5 September 2012 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts

This exhibition featured elucidating paintings depicting various dance forms of Asia, by 6 accomplished artists who hail from France, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and India. No doubt, dance is indeed the ruling concept of the exhibition. However, how abstract or how photo-realistic or how symbolic the portrayal in each painting is going to be, is absolutely up to the individual artist. To capture the feel of unpredictable movement, the intensity of emotion or the culture-specific principle of a dance form on canvas, is magical indeed. The Gallery of Gnani Arts is honored to introduce the 6 international artists of The Asian Prom: P. Gnana, Satheesh Kanna, Odile Moulin, Sivarajah Natarajan,  Raja Segar,  S. Sivabalan. (This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

Performances at the Exhibition Opening Preview:

  • Bharathanatyam & Cross-Cultural Poems of Erotic Devotion presented by Priyalatha Arun
  • A Glimpse of Indonesian Collaborative Dance presented by Mita Lestari
  • Gems of Classical Indian Music presented by Bhagya Murthy

 

 Sponsors: Diseno Advertising, Top Wines, Jalal Carpet, Survival Chic

BUDDHA MEETS GANESHA: An Aesthetic Congregation of Two Global Icons

 

 3 – 16 May 2012 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts

Buddha Meets Ganesha is indeed the first art exhibition at the new gallery space of The Gallery of Gnani Arts (founded in 2003) in Tanglin Shopping Centre. The shopping centre is one of the oldest in Singapore and it is undoubtedly a haven for art and antique.

Being inevitably encapsulated within the realm of popular images, we are certainly 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 by curator Vidhya Gnana Gouresan, 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, art historical or a purely visual basis. All of the seven participating artists are based in Singapore. With pride and delight, The Gallery of Gnani Arts introduces the artists of Buddha Meets Ganesha: Maheshwari Arun, Sarbani Bhattacharya, Sangeeta Charan, J. Kalidass, Siva Perakas, Sagarika Sen and Umapathy. (This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

Guest-of-Honour: His Excellency Mr M. N. Swami (Hon. Consul-General of Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal Singapore)

Media Sponsor: Singapore Art Gallery Guide

THE GODDESS AND THE GODLESS: A Conceptual Exhibition

 

 7 – 18 October 2011 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts

This exhibition is meant to provoke and challenge the selected seven participating artists into manipulating popular and/or personal contexts within the wide spectrum of World Mythology. The exhibition presents a highly-intriguing, thought-provoking and aesthetically-appealing collection of mainly paintings by Singapore-based artists from various cultural backgrounds, such as Tasneem Moochhala, Sarbani Bhattacharya, Joyotee Ray Chaudhury, Subhashini Balasubramanian, J. Kalidass, Sujata Jain and Dr Praema Raghavan-Gilbert. The Tree of Life, the Yali, the Buddha, the Divine Androgyne and the Yin-Yang concept are some of the mythological themes that the esteemed artists of this exhibition have addressed, with an amalgamation of perspectives in a personal visual language that reinforces the timeless relevance of what is commonly perceived as mythology. (This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

Guest-of-Honour: Dr. Prem Pillay (Medical Director, Singapore Brain-Spine-Nerves Center, Neuro Spine and Pain Center Singapore)

Gandhi in the Lion City: Blatant Imagination in the drawings by Umapathy

Gandhi in The Lion City is a bold attempt in narrative creativity by Umapathy who hails from Madurai of South India. The collection of drawings in this exhibition displays the artist’s very own imaginative continuity in the biography of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (also known as Mahatma Gandhi) within a sensibility that is manipulated by an uncontaminated fantasy. Gandhi (1869 – 1948) was a significant political and ideological leader of India at the time of the Indian independence movement. He is recognised as the pioneer of satyagraha, which basically refers to the practice of non-violent resistance.

This will be Umapathy’s first solo art exhibition in Singapore, having had participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions in various cities in India. The artist received his formal training in the art of painting at the Government College of Fine Arts in Kumbakonam (Tamil Nadu, South India).

Guest-of-Honour: Mr Satvinder Singh (Group Director, International Enterprise Singapore)

POWER GANESHA ARTISTS

FORUM

 

 

 9 Oct 2010 at Gnani Arts Space

In conjunction with the current blockbuster art exhibition, POWER GANESHA: Show 5 (which continues until 17 October 2010 at Gnani Arts Space), we are delighted to present you with an active and intiguing art forum, which is indeed the first-ever for contemporary Ganesha Art in Southeast Asia. Four of the participating artists of the exhibition will each take the pleasure of presenting the succinct conceptual dimensions, decisions and processes that their artworks encompass, together with the challenges he/she faced in thinking beyond conventional, stereotypical portrayals of Ganesha.

POWER GANESHA: Show 5 Art of the Elephant-Headed Icon

14 – 30 September 2010 at two venues – The Gallery of Gnani Arts & Gnani Arts Space

After four hit showcases depicting contemporary art of Ganesha (in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2009 respectively), The Gallery of Gnani Arts takes pride in presenting POWER GANESHA: Show 5, a blockbuster exhibition of contemporary depictions of the celebrated icon. POWER GANESHA: Show 5 is the 5th in an exclusive series of art exhibitions, conceptualised and presented by The Gallery of Gnani Arts, showcasing contemporary depictions of Ganesha, a popular Hindu god; a narrative catalyst in Indian mythology; an inseparable aspect of contemporary Hindu/Indian life; and indisputably a global cultural icon. Each one of more than twenty participating masters and emerging artists (who hail from various national and cultural scenarios – Pakistani, French, Chinese, Singaporean and Indian) embark on the challenge of creating aesthetically-convincing visual representations of Ganesha, within or without the adherence to stereotypical depictions, while retaining his/her characteristic individual style. The Gallery of Gnani Arts takes great pride and joy in announcing the names of the esteemed Participating Artists of POWER GANESHA: Show 5:- Agatha Hutton, Alpana Ahuja, Alphonso Doss, B.R. Annapillai, Aparna Sundaresh, Augustine Annadurai, C. Dakshinamoorthy, S.A.V. Elaiya Barathy, S.A.V. Elaiya Raja, S. Elayaraja, P. Gnana, S. Govindarajan, J. Kalidass, Karuna N. Rajendran, N. Manoharan, K. Muralidharan, Naina Mehta, Odile Moulin, Pon Ragunathan, Rajamahes, S.K. Rajavelu, Richard Chen, V. Santhanam, Sarbani Bhattacharya, S. Sivabalan, Tasneem Moochhala. Vinoth Kumar and A. Viswam. (This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

Guest-of-Honour: Her Excellency Ms Jayathri Samarakone (High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Singapore)

Sponsors: The Pocket Arts Guide, Sakunthala’s Food Palace and Booze Wine Shop.

Soul of the Mothering Tree: Solo Exhibition of Paintings by Sarbani Bhattacharya

 

 15 – 25 July 2010 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts

Sarbani Bhattacharya’s body of artworks in this exhibition, her first-ever solo, is indeed an aesthetic justification of the almost instinctive manner in which two mighty, timeless concepts of unquestionable universality – the Tree of Life and the Mother and Child – connect symbolically, beaming with seeming interchangeability. She armed with a Bachelor in Visual Arts from the Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata(formerly known as Calcutta). (This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

Guest-of-Honour: Mr Steve Preston (Asia Regional Director & Chief Executive Officer, Groupama Transport, Singapore Branch)

Parody of Impermanence: A Duet Exhibition of Art by Richard Chen & M. Siva

 

 4 – 18 June 2010 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts

This will be a duet exhibition of paintings by China-born Richard Chen and India-born M. Siva. The enthralling collection suggests issues such as impermanence, sin, heaven and hallucination. (This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

Mundane Ecstasy: A showcase of paintings by P. Perumal

 

 3 – 16 June 2010 at Gnani Arts Space

This exhibition will showcase a treasured collection of paintings by P. Perumal, a much-appreciated contemporary master of South India. Perumal, a winner of the Indian National Award, is well-known for his portrayals of rural wedding ceremonies, of classic village festivals (such as bull-fights) and of families engaging in agricultural labour. (This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

Elucidation: Sculptures with a Narrative

 

 5 – 20 May 2010 at Gnani Arts Space

Here’s an absolutely engaging showcase of solely sculptures by five artists – Vidyasankar Sthapathy, T.R.P. Mookiah, P. Gnana, B.R. Ravi and Velmurugan. Each sculpture in this collection flaunts an intriguing narrative; a story to ponder over, within creative scenarios that include themes such as mythology, motherhood and romance. (This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

Gautama Buddha: Sculpture Within Paintings by J. Kalidass

 

 16 – 27 April 2010 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts

This will be Singapore-born J. Kalidass’ first ever solo art exhibition. Here, conventional and historic sculptures of the Buddha are portrayed within paintings of a limited colour palette, together with a surreal touch that denotes the artist’s personal pursuit in the spiritual realm. The art in this enthralling showcase reflects the emerging artist’s highly-skillful rendition of three-dimensional attributes on flatness. Kalidass received his formal training in the art of painting at LASALLE College of the Arts (Singapore). (This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

Guest-of-Honour: Mr Phil Whittaker (Director, Sotheby’s Institute of Art Singapore)

Damsel Liaison: Charisma of the Lady in Art

 

 2 – 15 April 2010 at Gnani Arts Space

Via almost exotic and emotively engaging renderings, this showcase of paintings and sculptures by two masters and five emerging artists, extols the beauty that is inherent in the confidence, charm and sensuality of the conventional female element in human life. C. Dakshinamoorthy and A. Selvaraj are the two masters in the exhibition. The five promising, emerging artists in the exhibition – Ann Meek, Aparna Sundaresh, Sam Kumar, Seema Chopra and Yeo – are based in Singapore. Some of the artists have indeed had the privilege of experiencing creative interactions with P.  Gnana, an accomplished artist in Singapore. (This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

Guest-of-Honour: Ms Priyalatha Naidu-Arun (Lawyer, M/s P.Naidu Advocates & Solicitors, Exponent of Indian Classical Dance & Stage Actor)

Folkish: Native South Indian Life in Art

 

 5 – 16 March 2010

Via a fresh showcase of elucidating art by three carefully-selected emerging artists, Folkish promises to bring you on an experiential visual excursion to classic rural life that still evident in South India, particularly Tamil Nadu. The collection flaunts paintings by S. Elayaraja, S. Kumar and S. Sivabalan, who have created an effective combination of brilliant technique, down-to-earth scenarios, an endearing sense of naivety and warm hues of the earth – aspects that are so synonymous with daily life in an archetypal village of South India. (This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

POP GANESHA! The 4th Show: The Icon in Contemporary Art

 

 17 – 27 September 2009

This significant exhibition is the 4th in an exclusive series of art exhibitions, presented by The Gallery of Gnani Arts, that showcases contemporary depictions of the popular elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha. In POP GANESHA! The 4th Show, the artists are challenged to think beyond the conventional, stereotypical portrayals of Ganesha. (Ganesha is indeed a global mythological icon who is believed to remove the obstacles that one might face before embarking on a task.) This show will be an intriguing revelation of many individual, highly creative views (conveyed in the form of a painting or a drawing) of what Ganesha means to the participating artists of the exhibition, including a French artist, a Pakistani artist, and artists from India and Singapore. (This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

Ladies’ Night: A Collection of Recent Paintings by P. Gnana

 

 8 July – 8 August 2009

This month-long special exhibition features a recent collection of paintings by P. Gnana, an acclaimed Singapore-based artist. This fresh, fascinating collection portrays subtle emotions and intimate inspirations drawn from Gnana’s personal observations of women in various moods and moments. This showcase will be an intriguing walk through the artist’s poignant revelation on canvas, via an appealing combination of abstract and figurative modes of rendition. (This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

Indian Aesthetics Talk at Expat Living Coffee Morning at The Gallery of Gnani Arts

 

 18 June 2009 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts

There must have been times when you had liked a particular painting while your partner did not like the same painting. This coffee morning at The Gallery of Gnani Arts will be an intriguing one, as Mrs Vidhya Gnana Gouresan (Curator of The Gallery of Gnani Arts) will discuss the subjectivity in appreciating art, in relation to an ancient theory in Indian aesthetics. Admission is Free. RSVP: email to events@expatlivingsingapore.com or call 6478 7153.

A Cosmic Trance: The Nataraja in the Art by Alphonso Doss

 

 8 May – 22 May 2009 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts

This is indeed a monumental exhibition of contemporary paintings by Dr Alphonso Doss, an acclaimed master of South Indian contemporary art. The art in this profound showcase uncovers the magnificence of the ideas, inspirations and creative findings by the master, within the timeless concept of the Nataraja – The Lord of Cosmic Dance in Indian mythology. Born in Bangalore (South India) in 1939, Dr Alphonso Doss holds a Cultural Doctorate in Art Education from World University, Arizona. He won the National Award in 1988. Dr Doss is also a former Principal of the Government College of Arts and Crafts in Chennai (1992 – 1997). (This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

Penance: Soulful Art From Contemporary South India

 

 9 April – 4 May 2009 at Royal Plaza on Scotts

Penance: Soulful Art from Contemporary South India stays true to its title, as a significant exhibition that features emotive paintings by four leading artists from contemporary South India, namely P. PerumalP. Gnana, S.K. Rajavelu and A. Selvaraj. Each artwork in this remarkable showcase has the tendency to spontaneously reach out to the subtle sensitivities of the heart; an important entity that ruthlessly rules the decisions that we make in our daily life. (This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

The Secret: Abstract Art by Jono Sugiartono & A. Viswam

 

 15 – 26 April 2009 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts

The Secret is an exhibition that celebrates the undying conceptual mystery in abstract art. The exhibition features insightful abstract paintings by Jono Sugiartono and A. Viswam, a Southeast Asian and a South Asian respectively. Jono is a contemporary Indonesian artist who was born in Ciamis (West Java) in 1968. He has been a participant in the auctions by Sidharta Auctioneers. Jono graduated from the Seni Rupa IKIP Bandung in 1994. In 2004 and 2006, he was the recipient of awards conferred by the French Embassy in Jakarta, for his dedication towards the arts. Jono’s paintings exude a sense of ritual magic, with the portrayal of faint sensations of neutral-natured human figures. Viswam, a winner of the Indian National Award, was born in 1950 in the Ariyalur District of Tamil Nadu (South India). He is a prominent artist whose paintings are well-appreciated in Edinburgh (Scotland). Trained in the Government College of Arts & Crafts in Chennai and Kumbakonam, Viswam possesses a very energetic and outgoing persona, which is aptly reflected in his attention-seeking vivacious brush-strokes. The artist explains that his abstractions reflect his moments of truth. The enigma in Jono’s paintings and the vigour in Viswam’s paintings will combine forces in this significant showcase of abstract art – a genre of controversial brilliance. – Vidhya Gnana Gouresan

(This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

Life is a Candy: Delightful Paintings by Stephane Delapree & Pon Ragunathan

 

 20 Feb – 5 March 2009 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts

Life is a Candy is a duet exhibition of delightful paintings by French-born Canadian artist Stéphane Delaprée and South Indian artist Pon Ragunathan. Stéphane, a popular artist who resides and paints in Cambodia, has charmed many with his very own successful concept of ‘Happy Painting’; the representation of a colourful, idealistic world. Pon Ragunathan, an accomplished senior artist who resides in the Salem District of Tamil Nadu (South India), has enthralled many with his portrayals of the unassuming innocence of rural life. The obsessively-vibrant hues and humourous subjects in Stéphane’s paintings are a strong contrast to the warm earthen tones and robust figures in Pon Ragunathan’s paintings. However, an optimistic perspective towards the act of living, is indeed one undeniable common trait that is evident in the art by both Stéphane and Pon Ragunathan. And this, the artists exude with great individuality, despite their differing cultural scenario. – Vidhya Gnana Gouresan

(This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

The Eternal Cow: Sculptures & Paintings by P. Gnana

 

 23 Jan – 15 March 2009 at the Singapore Philatelic Museum

Presented by The Gallery of Gnani Arts at the Singapore Philatelic Museum, this will be P. Gnana’s much-awaited 8th solo art exhibition. Aptly commemorating the Chinese Year of the Ox, this important exhibition features the Singapore-based artist’s celebrated paintings that depict the cow under the series entitled Eternal Companion; a heart-wrenching concept of universal love that is metaphorically signified by the emotive co-existence between the cow and mankind. This exhibition is indeed a milestone in Gnana’s dynamic career, as it marks the first-ever public display of his charismatic sculptures. The ability, or rather, the tendency to provoke an insight into the psyche of the human being who dotes on his receptive animal, is inherent in these sculptures that are not merely the three-dimensional version of the paintings in the Eternal Companion concept. As a matter of fact, they welcome you into another realm of thought and taste, whereby one is able to feel a sense of awe due to the actual physical presence of the concept in another medium of three dimensions. (This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

GOAT GALORE: The Curious Animal In Art (Solo Exhibition by N. Manoharan)

 

 8 – 23 November 2008 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts

Art Demonstration by the Artist & Lunch-cum-Opening Preview on 8 November 2008 (Sat)

GOAT GALORE: The Curious Animal In Art is N. Manoharan’s first solo art exhibition in Singapore. Born in 1957, Manoharan is currently the Head of the Department of Painting at the historic Government College of Arts & Crafts in Chennai (Tamil Nadu). He is a recipient of the Indian State Award (presented by the Lalit Kala Akademi in Chennai). With spirited and mellifluous brush-strokes, Manoharan captures the essence of the goat on both canvas and paper in this inspiring showcase of art. The goat is an animal that is known for its sense of curiosity and intelligence. The artist’s romantic representation of the goat, immediately strikes an emotive yet cheerful chord with the viewer’s inner desire for a naïve, simple and uncomplicated life that the animal effortlessly represents. (This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

A Treasure Hunt: Contemporary Masterpieces From The Indian South

 

 May – June 2008 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts

We live in a world that is heavily influenced by convenient generalisations. And Indian art has not escaped this superficial influence. The particularity of contemporary art from the south of India is indeed an entity that is fit to be celebrated upon, as a dynamic body of creative energy that has survived many decades of insufficient acknowledgement towards its artistic originality and commercial viability in the international art market. In Singapore, The Gallery of Gnani Arts has been the relentless proponent of South Indian contemporary art by acclaimed masters and international artists. This year (2008), The Gallery of Gnani Arts celebrates its 5th anniversary through this major exhibition of exceptional sculptures, paintings and drawings – A Treasure Hunt: Contemporary Masterpieces From The Indian South – a blockbuster of alluring art, showcased in the Gallery’s two wings (two galleries) – at The Regent Singapore (2nd wing) and at Fortune Centre (1st wing). Kindly refer to page 40 of this catalogue for details on directions. Coming back to the issue of superficial generalisations, a walk into The Gallery of Gnani Arts will be good enough for one to realise that it is not just ‘another Indian art gallery’, due to the dominance of a uniquely hybrid appeal that is so mellifluously projected by the diverse styles and moods from the Gallery’s distinctive fine art collection. In other words, the Gallery re-defines the ‘Indian-ness’ in contemporary art, almost entirely away from stereotypes. One has to experience in order to realise this claim. There are no short cuts. Partake in this thrilling hunt for contemporary treasure, before Ali Baba finds his way to the exhibition! – Vidhya Gnana Gouresan, 2008

(This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

Pet Pal: Love for Animals in Art

 

 14 Nov – 5 Dec 2007 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts

Gone are the days when a domestic animal was deemed and treated as a mere pet; as a faithful watchman for a private residential property; as an enduring worker; as a symbol synonymous with world mythology, etc. Now, as a multiplier effect of the changing socio-economic and emotional scenario of urban life, a pet has indeed become a companion for the soul and an ever-faithful friend to many couples and individuals all over the world. So let us pay tribute to the concept of the pet as a pal, through this alluring showcase of art that depicts animals in various moods and activities, with or without their human master or companion. (This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

Damsel Without Distress: Contemporary Sculptures and Paintings by 2 Masters

 

 Aug – Sept 2007 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts

Damsel Without Distress promises to be an awe-inspiring showcase of stereo-typically exotic art by two contemporary masters – sculptor Vidyasankar Sthapathy and painter Pon. Ragunathan. The charismatic metal sculptures by Vidyasankar Sthapathy and thematically rural oil paintings by Pon. Ragunathan mirror the entrancing female human being in amiable moods.   – Vidhya Gnana Gouresan

(This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

Circumambulation: Selected Masterpieces of Contemporary South Indian Art

 

 June – July 2007 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts

This important exhibition exemplifies the current creative evolution in the dynamic South Indian contemporary art scene. A catalogue-publication entitled Circumambulation: Selected Masterpieces of Contemporary South Indian Art (ISBN 978-981-05-8277-7) was published in conjunction with thie exhibition, which featured works by acclaimed artists such as Vidyasankar Sthapathy, P. Gnana, A. Selvaraj, P. Manickam, Pon. Ragunathan, P. Perumal and C. Dakshinamoorthy.

Myth Never Dies: art by 2 masters

 

 March 2007 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts

The enchanting themes and vibrant hues of this fine collection of paintings and drawings by A. Selvaraj and G. Raman, two masters of South Indian contemporary art, will lure you into the ever-intriguing world of myth. (This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

Symbols of Exuberance: An Exhibition of Indian Art

 

 March 2007 at Sunjin Galleries

Jointly-presented by Sunjin Galleries and The Gallery of Gnani Arts, this fine showcase of South Indian contemporary art will be a feast to the seasoned Indian art collector and to first-time collectors of the genre. South Indian contemporary art is a genre that has experienced a very patient advancement in the international art scene. Masters and emerging artists believe in their very own individualistic concepts that merge the intellect with the emotion. The exhibition will flaunt a collection of sculptures and paintings by four award-winning and internationally-acclaimed artists – Alphonso Doss, C. Dakshinamoorthy, P. Gnana and P. Perumal.   – Vidhya Gnana Gouresan

(This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

OM: A Sculptural Dance by Odile Moulin

 

 Nov 2006 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts

Odile Moulin, a Singapore-based French artist who received her formal art training in Paris, showcases her sculptures and sketches that were inspired by dance, yoga and Indian mythology. This will be her first solo art exhibition. A catalogue-publication entitled, OM: A Sculptural Dance by Odile Moulin (ISBN 981-05-6855-X), was published in conjunction with the exhibition (written and edited by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan).

(This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

ARTBANK Fortis

 

 Oct – Dec 2006 at Fortis Bank (Singapore)

This is indeed a remarkable showcase of a fine selection of South Indian contemporary art by acclaimed artists such as P. Gnana, M. Suriyamoorthy and M. Siva, at Fortis Bank. (This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

Princess & The Myth: Contemporary Folk-inspired Art from South India

 

 Sept & Oct 2006 at The American Club (Singapore)

There is simply no place for realism in the folk arts of any culture. Stylised portrayals of victorious kings, hungry hunters, powerful princesses, wandering animals and daily human preoccupations, have been synonymous with the folk arts of South India. The Princess & The Myth: Contemporary Folk-Inspired Art From South India, is an exhibition that promises to charm the viewer through paintings by two acclaimed masters of South Indian contemporary art – V. Santhanam and G. Raman. Both the artists have mastered the art of line-drawing, a genre that has proven to be one of the most outstanding strengths of South Indian contemporary art. Unquestionable proportion and sincerity in composition are the highlights of the two masters’ creative approach and technique. Through countless layers of imaginative embellishment on canvas, V. Santhanam instills a contemporary mood of mythological magic with designs that resemble patterns of wooden block printing on textiles. With the skillful rendition of intricate lines and spirited colour, G. Raman rejoices in using white lines on dark hues to create portrayals of royalty and human relationship. With the prevalence of enchanting mythology and technical brilliance, there is enough reason to be awed by this aesthetic treat.   – Vidhya Gnana Gouresan

(This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

Suriyamoorthy: 34th Solo Art Exhibition by the Master

 

 Sept 2006 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts

M. Suriyamoorthy, one of the masters of South Indian contemporary art, won the National Award in 1967. This will be his 34th solo exhibition of paintings that were created in the span of the last 20 years of his artistic career. The master will be in town for the exhibition. (This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

The Ganesha Show 3: The Secular God in Art

 

 Aug 2006 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts

The Ganesha Show is an exclusive series of art exhibitions, presented by The Gallery of Gnani Arts, that showcases contemporary depictions of the elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha. The first of The Ganesha Show series of exhibitions, was presented in October 2003. The Ganesha Show 2 was presented in September 2005. The Ganesha Show 3: The Secular God in Art, the 3rd in the exhibition series, brings together a delightful combination of art by masters and emerging artists of India and Singapore – P. Gnana, Alphonso Doss, C. Dakshinamoorthy, Alpana Ahuja, J. Kalidass, V. Santhanam, Manju Chandran, S. K. Rajavelu, Sarbani Bhattacharya and Sudakshina Ghosh. Although it is quite impossible to view the Ganesha concept without its religious connotations, in this exhibition, we are attempting to focus on the secular understanding of Ganesha in art. The various imaginative portrayals of Ganesha in this exhibition, will reflect the individual artist’s personal affiliation towards Ganesha, as opposed to the strict adherence to religo-mythological symbolism. The Ganesha Show 3: The Secular God in Art (ISBN 981-05-6241-1) is a 20-page catalogue-publication (containing 28 colour visuals) that was published for this exhibition. The Indian Women’s Association (Singapore), the Singapore Sindhi Association and the Singapore Telugu Samajam have generously contributed congratulatory messages for this publication. – Vidhya Gnana Gouresan

(This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

HUELESS: art in black & white

 

 July 2006 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts

The magnetism of black and white as the timeless representation of opposites, is surveyed in this showcase of ink drawings, pen sketches, watercolour washes and oil paintings. With the absence of actual colour, take this option to engage in the distinct mood of the subject in every individual artwork. (This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

A Stroll In The Village: Rural Bliss in Art

 

 June 2006 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts

Through lively and uninhibited contemporary paintings, this exhibition offers the viewer a down-to-earth experience of the rustic innocence and integrity of life in an Indian village. Participating artists include S. Kumar, Village Mookkaiya and Rajabharani. (This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

WEAR INDIA! Fabric-Printing Workshop at the Museum

 

 20 May 2006 at the Singapore Philatelic Museum

Don’t miss this chance to create your very own intricate and authentic Indian designs on fabric, using skillfully carved wooden blocks. This will be an hour-long workshop at the Singapore Philatelic Museum, conducted by The Gallery of Gnani Arts, in conjunction with the International Museum Day.

Collectors’ Ego: Art by South Indian masters

 

 May 2006 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts

Collectors’ Ego: art by South Indian Masters marks The Gallery of Gnani Arts’ 3rd anniversary and the recent expansion in the gallery’s exhibition space. This exhibition is indeed an important one, as it will be a milestone in the development of South Indian art appreciation in Southeast Asia. This monumental exhibition will feature a recent acquisition of aesthetically-remarkable works by masters of South Indian contemporary art, such as Alphonso Doss, Anthony Doss, T.R.P.  Mookiah, P.Perumal, C. Dakshinamoorthy, M. Suriyamurthy, M. Senathipathy, P. Gopinath, G. Raman, V. Santhanam and S.K. Rajavelu. (This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

Moments of Truth: Abstractions of Viswam

 

 April 2006 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts

Viswam, a National Award-winner, is a Chennai-based contemporary Indian artist who is well-known in Edinburgh. Trained in the Madras College of Arts, Viswam was also a student of the acclaimed and respected Tamil Nadu artist S. Dhanapal (1919 – 2000). He is also a recipient of the AIFACS Award (Art Ache Foundation) for the 50th year of India’s independence. Viswam possesses a very energetic and outgoing persona, which is aptly reflected in his attention-seeking vivacious brush-strokes. His moments of truth come into being through his oil-on-canvas abstract works, as he experiences an incomparable sense of absolute freedom during the time of creation. Simultaneously, he attempts to capture the various temperaments of nature in his works. (This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

Holy Sins: solo art show by M. Siva

 

 March 2006 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts

This will be Chennai-based M. Siva’s first solo art exhibition in Southeast Asia. The paintings in this exhibition reveal the artist’s personal issues that relate to the idea of heaven, dream, illusion and hallucination, combined with notions of reality. The thin line between virtue and sin is constantly explored in his current works. Siva received his formal training in Painting (Master of Fine Arts) from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Chennai. His works are being collected in Spain and Ghana.   – Vidhya Gnana Gouresan

(This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

Mind Echo: Grey Art by P. Gnana

 

 Feb 2006 at Dynasties Antique & Art Gallery

In this colour-specific exhibition presented by the Federation of Art Societies (Singapore) and Dynasties Antique & Art Gallery, artist P. Gnana lures you with his Grey Art. Throughout 11 years of zestful perseverance, Gnana has been in the search for a personal mode of spiritual expression, from figures, aggressive textures, screaming colours, to the discreet energy that the silent grey evokes. A Singapore-based international artist, P. Gnana’s works are collected in Europe, South Asia and Southeast Asia. (This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

Guest-of-Honour: Dr. Ahmad Magad (MP for Pasir Ris – Punggol GRC)

An Indian Romance: Art for the Beloved

 

 Feb 2006 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts

Passion in romantic love is a dangerous emotion, that can bring you to the peak of ecstasy or drive you to extreme possessiveness. Whatever the outcome may be, can life be complete without it? This Valentine’s Day special exhibition explores the concept of dream and romance, with a captivating collection of South Indian contemporary art.  – Vidhya Gnana Gouresan

(This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

THE INDIAN CHIC! Fabric Painting & Printing Workshop at the Museum

30 Jan 2006, Singapore Philatelic Museum

Grab this chance to create your very own intricate Indian designs on fabric, using skillfully carved wooden blocks. This hour-long workshop is in conjunction with The Gallery of Gnani Arts’ The Prized Collection: South Indian Contemporary Art Show at the Singapore Philatelic Museum.

The Prized Collection: South Indian Contemporary Art Show

Jan – Feb 2006 at the Singapore Philatelic Museum

Be struck by the charm of art by senior artists from the South Indian contemporary art genre. Presented by The Gallery of Gnani Arts in an alluring museum ambience, this celebrated collection includes works by Alphonso Doss, C. Dakshinamoorthy, P. Gopinath, Pakkeri, P. Perumal, S. K. Rajavelu, G. Raman, V. Santhanam, M. Senathipathi and A. Viswam. (This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

Listen To The Speaking Heart: An Exhibition of Emotive Art

Nov 2005 at the Singapore General Hospital

Jointly presented by Singapore General Hospital’s ‘Arts for Health at SGH’ project and The Gallery of Gnani Arts, this display of art by artist P. Gnana reveals sensations and emotions that he deeply and spontaneously realises as he creates. Simply based on the fact of being human, the artworks in this exhibition centre around the everyday enjoyment of colours, lines, tones and textures. What one sees in an artwork, may not be seen by another. Therefore, let us forget about the ‘rights’ and ‘wrongs’, and listen to the speaking heart of a painting. – Vidhya Gnana Gouresan

(This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

THE RISING ARTIST AWARDS EXHIBITION SINGAPORE 2005

October 2005 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts

THE RISING ARTIST AWARDS 2005: Children’s Visual Art Competition and Exhibition (Singapore-India Creative Exchange) is a significant project, targeted at school children between the ages of 5 and 12. The venue for the exhibition and prize-presentation component, THE RISING ARTIST AWARDS EXHIBITION SINGAPORE 2005, is The Gallery of Gnani Arts.

The Ganesha Show 2: Ganesha in Contemporary Moods

Sept 2005, The Gallery of Gnani Arts

After the successful ‘The Ganesha Show’ in October 2003, The Gallery of Gnani Arts is presenting a sequel exhibition with an even more alluring collection of original contemporary paintings that depict the Hindu god Ganesha, whose circular and secular image demands the attention of many – Indian, European, Southeast Asian, and the list continues… (This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

THE GNANI ARTS AWARDS EXHIBITION INDIA 2005

June 2005 at Ambassador Pallava Hotel (Chennai, South India)

THE GNANI ARTS AWARDS 2005: Open Contemporary Visual Art Competition and Exhibition (Singapore-India Creative Exchange) is a significant exchange project between the contemporary visual arts of Singapore and India, whereby the Singapore artists get to be voted by the contemporary arts community in India, and vice versa. The venue for the exhibition-cum-voting component, THE GNANI ARTS AWARDS EXHIBITION INDIA 2005, is the Ambassador Pallava Hotel in Chennai, South India.

Zest in A Real Dream: Four Perceptions (an exhibition of works by 4 artists)

April 2005 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts

This is an exhibition of insightful art based on the thin line between reality and dream, hinting upon the manner in which reality is exoticised and the manner in which a vision could seem like reality. In either way, this escapism brings about an emotional sense of relief and amazement for the artist and the appreciator.  The participating artists include Teo Shih Chin, Odile Moulin, Alpana Ahuja and S. Kumar. (This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

The Collector’s Obsession: Indian contemporary art from The Gnani Arts Collection

March 2005 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts

This showcase provides a peek into some of the best artworks in the Gnani Arts Collection. (This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

Love & Intoxication: Paintings by P. Gnana

Feb 2005 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts

This is a showcase of contemporary creations by P. Gnana, revealing moments of human love, affection, pleasure, enchantment and blissful intoxication through colours, textures and some figurative elements. Having been a contemporary artist for 11 years, this will be Gnana’s 5th solo exhibition (which is also his 3rd solo exhibition in Singapore). For Gnana, a painting is inanimate yet intimate; stagnant yet full of movement; controlled yet open to many meanings. The man of few words never fails to let his works speak for him. And one cannot resist it, when the language that the works speak, is that of love… – Vidhya Gnana Gouresan

(This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

Art Pursued!: Works by Students at Gnani Arts

Jan 2005 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts

The exhibition showcases the best artworks that were created by students of Singapore-based artist P. Gnana. (This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

ART ON ATTIRE! Fabric Printing Workshop

9 Jan 2005, The Gallery of Gnani Arts

Join artists, seated on straw mats, as they meticulously and skillfully create original pieces of art and imagination on fabric. Materials are provided. Participants can bring along pieces of cotton fabric. Admission is absolutely free!

Simmering Ice: Reds and Blues in Art

Dec 2004 – Jan 2005 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts

This is a conceptual colour-specific exhibition, whereby artists take the challenge to create a paradoxical portrayal of the cool blue and the warm red, through ambiguous concepts.on canvas. Participating artists include Sarbani Bhattacharya and Charu Shah. (This exhibition is Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan)

Relish Difference: Celebrating the Individual in Art

Oct 2004 at The Gallery of Gnani Arts

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