Rajul Shah

"My work is inspired by a desire to find calm and spiritual peace in the world. I believe in the close connection between emotional and physical well-being. My intention is to create images that provide an escape and meditative, calming experience."

Kintsugi Earth II - Acrylic, canvas & 23kt gold leaf on wood 40 x 50 cm

A global artist, Rajul moved to Japan in 2012 after retiring from her first career in healthcare. She trained extensively across oil, Sumi-e/Nihonga, and acrylic for 7 years between the Tokyo Campus of Temple’s Tyler School of Art and Professional/Studio workshops. Upon moving to Singapore in 2019, she continues to train at the LaSalle College of the Arts and other workshops.

While use of color is inspired by her Indian heritage, Rajul is highly influenced by the Japanese concept of Ma (Maah), which is defined as a pause in time or an interval/emptiness in space. Her artwork renders purposeful use of space that gives structure to the composition; allowing for a harmonious relationship between form and non-form/positive and negative space. The "free" space allows for a reflective, in-depth and emotional interpretation of the painting in its entirety.

Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Singapore and Japan, including the ION Art Orchard Gallery, 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.

Kintsugi Ice II - Acrylic, silver leaf & oil on wood 45 x 55 cm
Kintsugi Earth - Acrylic & 23kt gold leaf on wood 40 x 50 cm
Kintsugi Ice I - Acrylic, silver leaf & oil on wood 45 x 55 cm
Kintsugi Earth III - Acrylic, canvas & 23kt gold leaf on wood 40 x 50 cm

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