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Kensho 見性By Kelly Ng Shah

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US$ 100



Acrylic, Acrylic on canvas

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Dimensions: 30.4cm (H) x 30.4cm (W) x 3.5cm (D) / 12" (H) x 12" (W) x 1.4" (D)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.


This item ships from Singapore

Please note that this item is unframed and will be shipped flat

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Artist Statement

Kensho 見性 is a Japanese term from the Zen tradition. It means seeing one's (true) nature, to find one’s true self.

A magnificent collection of 5 paintings which can either be sold as a pair of three’s or individually. The paintings are layered with silver leaf richly textured with colors like black, grey, and pink. All the colors in the painting hold individual meaning. Kensho is one of my few collections. It reflects my efforts in trying to strive in life, to maintain some balance in it.

I’m a mixed media artist living my life while juggling being a mother of two, being a full-time artist and all the while dodging lemons life throws at me. Painting is like a coping mechanism for me. It is a source of expressing my emotions. It’s an escape, a holiday from life and it’s never-ending challenges and harsh realities.

This body of work represents me, my emotions. Like a caged bird wanting to be freed. The pink and white colors are me and the black and grey surrounding me is my own shell. And the paintings as a whole represent my struggles, me trying to get a little out of my own shell which has overtime consumed me and made me into a shy and quiet person.

When painting this picture I was listening to the classic old romantic Moon River by Andy Williams and while I kept on painting a strange happy feeling grew in me and I just knew that this painting, THIS PAINTING will be it. All those hours, all those nights spent painting trying to find my self was over. And at last after so many layers and layers of mistakes, I finally found me.

Material: 100% cotton canvas, ready to hang
Suggested floating frames should buyer wants to frame it


Artist Profile

Born: 1979
Hometown: Singapore
Based in: Singapore

Art is not a birth given talent, and Kelly Ng Shah is a prime example of that. None of her family members were artistic let alone interested in the field. She would start with craft work such as knitting, rug making, and clay work at the age of five, spending …


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