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Rajul Shah

Rajul Shah

Born: 1968

Hometown: NJ/NY

Based in: Singapore

I am a global artist. My art career has been developed and grown across cultures. Born in India, raised in the US, I moved to Japan in 2012 and retired from my first career in healthcare. I have trained extensively across Oil, Sumi-E, and Acrylic for 7 years between the Tokyo Campus of Temple’s Tyler School of Art and Professional/Studio workshops. Having moved to Singapore in 2019, I continue to train at the LaSalle College of the Arts and take advantage of global online workshops to continue my professional development.

My work is inspired by a deep desire to find calm and spiritual peace in the world. Having spent many years in the healthcare field, I have witnessed the close connection between emotional and physical well-being. We cultivate that state of well-being by surrounding ourselves with and sharing positive energy. My intention is to create images that provide an escape from the hectic pace of life and offer a calming meditative experience.

In addition to my Indian heritage which greatly influences my use of color, I am also influenced by the Japanese concept of Ma (Maah), which is defined as a pause in time or an interval of space. As a result, my artwork renders a purposeful use of space. This gives structure to the composition and allows for a harmonious relationship between form and non-form, or positive and negative space. The “free” space allows for a reflective, in-depth and emotional interpretation of the painting in its entirety.

I apply this concept in an unconventional manner using a variety of media and materials, such as Oil, Nihonga, Acrylic, Gold/Silver Leaf, paper and other textural compounds.

My 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.

My paintings are in private collections in Japan, the USA, India and Australia. Paintings have also been publicly displayed in the corporate offices of MetLife Japan, Blue Bay Consulting in Tokyo, and San Mina Corp. in the Shizuoka Prefecture of Japan.


5 works for sale

Muladhara II Tribe

Rajul Shah, United States

Painting

US$ 1,000

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Muladhara III: Family by Rajul Shah

Rajul Shah, United States

Painting

US$ 1,000

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Vishuddha II We are Speaking by Rajul Shah

Rajul Shah, United States

Painting

US$ 3,000

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Muladhara I: Roots by Rajul Shah

Rajul Shah, United States

Painting

US$ 2,100

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AJNA I by Rajul Shah

Rajul Shah, United States

Painting

US$ 550

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Rajul Shah In The Studio

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More About Rajul Shah

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What inspires you?

Nihon-Ga, Japanese concepts of Ma, Zen, and Kintsugi. Healing Chakras/Energy centers. Indian Textiles. Colors in Sunrises and Sunset.

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Describe your creative process.

I will choose a concept, color and expression - and then start with a play phase where I just put color, mix media in layer after layer. After the play phase, I self-critique my work over a period of days, sometimes weeks, to review composition, lines and color. It's "Play", "Critique", "Repeat" until it's finished.

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What are 3 words that best describe your work?

Meditative, Colorful, Inspirational

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Who are some artists that have influenced your work?

Nitin Ganghrekar, Raza, F.N. Souza, G. A. Dandekar, Nancy Reyner

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What is the most important tool when creating your work?

This is impossible for me to answer - because I will use anything and everything that feels right.

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What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

"You still haven't dug deep enough". My personal story has come out in phases through my artwork - it's not finished yet. A fellow artist/mentor keeps challenging me to dig deeper to translate my story in every painting.

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Where do you go for inspiration?

Love to travel. Every culture, landscape & local custom serves as inspiration for line, form & color


Credentials

Awards

Hon. Mention 49th Genyouten Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art

2018

Special Recognition LightSpaceTime 11th Annual Abstracts

2020

Special Recognition LightSpaceTime 10th Annual Seascapes

2020

Honorable Mention "SPACE" ArtisTTable 36th online exhibition

2020

Special Recognition LightSpaceTime 10th Landscape Exhibition

2020

American Art Awards - 5th place Abstract Expressionism

2020

Artistic Excellence: Circle Foundation Art IDEAL Magazine

2020

Awards

Hon. Mention 49th Genyouten Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art

2018

Special Recognition LightSpaceTime 11th Annual Abstracts

2020

Special Recognition LightSpaceTime 10th Annual Seascapes

2020

Honorable Mention "SPACE" ArtisTTable 36th online exhibition

2020

Special Recognition LightSpaceTime 10th Landscape Exhibition

2020

American Art Awards - 5th place Abstract Expressionism

2020

Artistic Excellence: Circle Foundation Art IDEAL Magazine

2020

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