Jun 24 2022 to Jun 30 2022 10:30 a.m.
63, Palace Rd, Abshot Layout, Vasanth Nagar 560051
P Gnana, a renowned artist from Singapore is presenting his first solo show at Art Houz from the 24th – 30th of June, 2022. The theme is “Unconditional Love” and has paintings and installation art by the artist. Of all the emotions and passions that inspire art, love is by far the strongest one. Love can be tricky to define, as it isn’t a tangible thing, perse, but Gnana’s perspective can help us in the effort to embody it as he portrays as many perspectives as one can imagine. P. Gnana’s artworks deploys a visual narrative of whimsically-stylized imagery of human figures within the universal concept of love. His exemplary paintings are in the collections of the President of the Republic of Singapore and the Singapore art museum of the National Heritage board. Gnana is a recipient of the LASALLE Scholarship of the LASALLE College of Arts (Singapore), from where he received his formal training in art. His contemporary conceptual art, breaks all the rules and traditions, embracing experimentation with different mediums like oil and fabric collage on canvas within a colour palette filled with warm and cool colours that is unprecedented in his career. His artworks display distinguishing elongated features indicating his magnitude of thinking concerning beauty, which offers a westernised and modern touch. Few of his artworks are the poignant and invincible timeless concept of mother and child, whereas some others are intentionally androgynous, whereby gender does not restrain to the people’s perception to the alluring feel of unconditional love. His sculptures have an aesthetic conceptual niche that shows simplicity towards nature connected to music. His love towards art is prominently witnessed by his usage of scraps. The cow in Gnana’s artwork is a metaphorical representation of motherhood, generosity, fertility and the origin of life that has emerged as a phenomenon in its own accord. He has created his sculptures in paints, bronze and metals both small in size and giant life sizes. His realistic sculptures rejuvenate in a world of constant change and fluctuating emotions giving form to the formless. It is intriguing to note that Gnana’s recent series of paintings and sculptures stand proof to the fact that his fascination towards love and human figures have been revived with an even larger exotic yet emotive impact. There are 30 artworks on display along with his traditional bronze sculptures About the artist P. Gnana paints, sculpts and creates conceptual installations, as one of Singapore’s leading artists. Indeed, he has obtained a highly-captivated audience in the Lion City and internationally, for the aesthetic and conceptual niche that he has created for himself within the ever-competitive dynamics of urban art-making. This, he continues to achieve, by constantly counter-challenging or taming the forces that urge him to dispel his obsessive fascination towards the cow, a recurring symbol in his art since 2007. It is a fact that exemplary paintings by Gnana are also in the collections of the President of the Republic of Singapore and the Singapore Art Museum of the National Heritage Board. Gnana is 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. Gnana was granted the honour of being selected (in 2005) to undertake a project commissioned by Singapore’s ASCENDAS to create fourteen large-scaled paintings with an abstract expressionist motivation for the International Tech Park in Chennai. In 2013, one of Gnana’s larger-than-life sculptures made from recycled materials was acquired by National Parks Board (Singapore) to display in Fort Canning Park. His paintings have been auctioned as part of the Masterpiece Auction House’s Southeast Asian collection. P Gnana has also been awarded by the esteemed Bhaskar’s Arts Academy as CHITRA KALA NIPUNA. Moving further into his affair with the cow in his art, Gnana obeyed his urge to venture into creating three-dimensional representations of his inspiration. The debut collection of Gnana’s charismatic sculptures was officially launched to the public via his eighth solo exhibition, The Eternal Cow: Sculptures and Paintings by P. Gnana, which was presented at the Singapore Philatelic Museum in early 2009. Experimentation, serious and sometimes meditative, has been one of the key instruments that has shaped Gnana’s creative journey through the years, allowing him to rejuvenate in a world of constant change and fluctuating emotions. Gnana’s fascination towards the technique of collage in his paintings began in the first few years of his career. Today, collage is back in his art, but this time, on both sculpture and painting. For Gnana, collage is process-oriented with layers and layers of ideas, presenting him with fresh possibilities that emerge on the spur of the moment. With great confidence and an abundance of ideas, Gnana transforms the meaning and purpose of mundane, everyday objects into awe-inspiring expressions of urban relevance. In the same spirit, Gnana recycles and upcycles industrial materials, meticulously merging them with conventional media such as bronze and canvas, to resonate the comfort and co-existence between his almost metaphysical cow and the devoted human being. Jayanthi Shegar is the curator of the show.
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