Traditional canvas gets a modern feel

Last Updated 16 April 2014, 14:49 IST

Travel enthusiast, successful artist and a passionate painter, Kiran Sandhu showcased her latest art work on exotic landscapes at the Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, recently. Giving her company was her accomplished photographer son, Amar Dev Singh, who put on display photographs from the expeditions he has gone on across the world. This was the first time that the mother-son duo presented their creative work in India.

Kiran the painter draws inspiration from her travels while shutterbug Amar captures telling images while on his many treks and expeditions. The duo have already exhibited their work in prominent art galleries across the world. Kiran has been lauded by art critics
for her unique ability to givea modern edge to a traditional canvas.

The inspiration behind this exhibition was to show a collection of work, dominated by exotic locales and landscapes that have for long inspired Kiran, along with photographs clicked by Amar during his many travels and his love for the great outdoors and the mountains.

Be it the wild, beaches of Australia or the classic landscapes of Tuscany, the mother translated nature into colourful paintings in mixed media, using ink, water colours, acrylics and oils. It’s no wonder that her adventure-loving son, who has already climbed Mt Fuji and Mt Tatayama, also loves to record his myriad adventures with his camera.

Kiran is also skilled at embroidery and loves to turn around fabrics. On the other hand, Amar keeps himself occupied with sailing, trekking, hitch-hiking, rock-climbing in the nooks and crannies of the world.

Amar has over 20 years of experience organising expeditions to remote and interesting parts of the world such as Kamchatka, the Himalayas, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Japan, the Swiss Alps and the Australian Outback.

Amar is currently working on projects to explore the remote mountains of the Eastern Himalayas of Arunachal Pradesh, Northern Burma and Yunnan province in China. And Kiran is running a successful textile-designing venture in Uttarakhand.   

(Published 16 April 2014, 14:49 IST)

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