The Star Malaysia
Creating a market for Indian art
Gallery director says response has been encouraging
THE market for art is still relatively young in Malaysia compared to countries like Indonesia, Singapore or the Philippines.
However, the situation can be used to our advantage, Art Gallery Sdn Bhd director Sushil Shriwastwa said.
Sushil believes Malaysia is a good place to build up interest in Indian art.
“As a rapidly growing market, we can experiment with something new. The response for contemporay Indian art locally is encouraging,” Sushil said.
He was speaking at the one-nightonly art exhibition “Perception & Reality” featuring paintings by B. Raman Kumar who produces Bollywood movies.
“I met the artist in 2009 at an art auction and saw his paintings. They were not too popular but I found them to be interesting. His style is somewhat abstract with good colour combinations,” he said.
Sushil, who also runs an online art auction business, said Raman was very good at understanding images that made an impact on the mind.
“Some of his artworks also display a spiritual side while others show his interpretation of his experiences in life such as how he sees society and people around him,” he said.
The event marked the first time Sushil had arranged a singular showcase of Raman’s works locally though the works have been shown in previous exhibitions such as the Malaysia Art Expo 2010, in New York and Hong Kong.
He also said many buyers of Indian art in Malaysia did so for investment purposes while some were created on consignment.
“Many Malaysian artists have also been commissioned to paint in India,” he added.
Sushil said while old masters were still focused on painting traditional images, younger ones were emerging with a thirst for global recognition.
“Young artists tend to move away from traditional images and dabble with more abstract and global themes,” he said.