The Star Malaysia

Creating a market for Indian art

Gallery director says response has been encouragin­g

- By CHOONG MEK ZHIN

mekzhin@thestar.com.my

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.

 ??  ?? Fluid strokes: ‘Dance of Life’ was one of the colourful paintings by Raman Kumar exhibited during the one-night-only exhibition. Indian drummer: A lively and fiery image of ‘Happiness’. Informal setting: Guests enjoying drinks and pizza surrounded by...
Fluid strokes: ‘Dance of Life’ was one of the colourful paintings by Raman Kumar exhibited during the one-night-only exhibition. Indian drummer: A lively and fiery image of ‘Happiness’. Informal setting: Guests enjoying drinks and pizza surrounded by...
 ??  ?? Sushil: Raman Kumar’s works are contempora­ry with good colour combinatio­n.
Sushil: Raman Kumar’s works are contempora­ry with good colour combinatio­n.

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