Rajul Shah

““I am an international artist inspired to spread resilience and positivity through Art. Having spent 20 years in healthcare, I have witnessed strong connections between emotional and physical well-being; and believe in the importance of sharing positive energy.”

Reconciliation, Mixed Media on Canvas, 36 x 24 in.

Inspired by the Japanese Art of Kintsugi, “The Kintsugi Body” addresses the human condition and its ability to recover from illness, injury and/or trauma. 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.  An illness or injury does not make us “ugly” or “weak”.  The result of regeneration lends greater beauty to that which is healed.

The Japanese Art of Kintsugi is a physical manifestation of resilience.  Its purpose is to “repair”. The practice emphasizes the beauty and utility of breaks and imperfections. A vessel is repaired using tree sap and gold splicing.  Traditionally applied to pottery in Japan, my artworks are 2D representations of this concept.

"Trained in Japan, I now live between the US and Singapore, major shows/exhibitions include the ION Orchard Gallery in Singapore, the 29th Annual International Society of Experimental Artists, the Ueno No Mori Art Museum (Royal Art Museum), the National Art Gallery and the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Tokyo; the Intercontinental Hotel In Osaka and ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel in Kobe.”

Healing Enlightenment, Mixed Media on Canvas, 12 x 9 in.
Healing Anahata, Mixed Media on Canvas, 12 x 9 in.
Reclamation, Mixed Media on Canvas, 36 x 24 in.
Reconstruction, Mixed Media on Canvas, 36 x 24 in.

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


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