The People

Board of Directors:

The Gallery of Gnani Arts was founded by Mr P. Gnana & Ms Vidhya Gnana Gouresan who are also members of the company’s Board of Directors. They are graduates from LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts (the foremost international tertiary arts institution in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region).

Ponnusamy Gnanadickam, Gallery Director, is a leading painter and sculptor in Singapore, whose art is in the collection of the former President of the Republic of Singapore, the Singapore Art Museum of the National Heritage Board and of Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal (current Member of Parliament for Bathinda, Punjab). Other collectors of his artworks include 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) and Singapore Art Society. He has 10 solo art exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions to his credit. Fourteen of his abstract works (2m X 1.5 m each) were commissioned in 2005 by Singapore’s Ascendas Pte Ltd for and  the International Tech Park in Chennai. Gnana’s eighth solo art exhibition, The Eternal Cow: Sculptures and Paintings by P. Gnana, was presented at the Singapore Philatelic Museum in 2009. 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. In 1999, he set up an arts institution named Kalashram in South India, through which he educated and inspired more than 200 adult-students on the intricacies and appreciation of art.

Vidhya Gnana Gouresan, Curatorial Director of The Gallery of Gnani Arts, curates contemporary art exhibitions, researches and writes about the visual arts. From 2000 to 2006, Vidhya has researched for the South Asia Department of the Asian Civilisations Museum, and has researched and curated for the SGH Museum and the Singapore Philatelic Museum. Her research interests revolve around Asian aesthetics, abstract art appreciation, art marketing, the temple art of the Chola Dynasty, significance of ritual objects, the rasa theory in Indian aesthetics and museum studies. In 2006 and 2007, she had contributed a monthly article to the Singapore Art Gallery Guide, under her column entitled ‘Aesthetic Awakening’. She was also invited to be the Guest Editor of the exclusive Indian Art issue (October 2010) of The Pocket Arts Guide in Singapore. She has edited and written for several catalogue publications including Collector’s Ego: Art by South Indian Masters (2006), The Ganesha Show 3: The Secular God in Art (2006) and OM: A Sculptural Dance by Odile Moulin (2006), Circumambulation: Selected Masterpieces of Contemporary South Indian Art (2007) and A Treasure Hunt: Contemporary Masterpieces From The Indian South (2008), POWER GANESHA: Show 5 (2010) and Parallel Play: A Travelling Collection of Art by P. Gnana (2010) as well as The Enlightened One – Images of Gautama Buddha in Contemporary Art (2015).

Artists:

The Gallery of Gnani Arts has managed to foster and maintain a close and friendly relationship with the strong and steadfast community of senior and emerging artists, art writers and art critics in Singapore and South India (especially Tamil Nadu).

Art Collectors and Dealers:

The Gallery of Gnani Arts is supported locally and globally, by serious art collectors, professional art dealers, interior designers, art historians, researchers, and appreciators of contemporary Indian art and the arts in general.

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