Through the eyes of Rupa Natarajan: Nature in South Africa
Singapore, January 2011 – Enjoy the rich expanse of nature and wilderness through the art of internationally known Singaporean artist Rupa Natarajan this February at The Arts House.
This is the journey of South African art returning to The Arts House in Singapore 8 years after Rupa Natarajan's earlier renowned exhibition, “African Odyssey ". The thrills and perils in the wilderness have only increased the artist's hunger over time to revisit often South Africa, Botswana and other countries in the African continent, to paint the African wildlife, people and landscapes and to impress audiences even more so with her impassioned showcases. As Rupa puts it "When I am sitting in an open Land Rover in the African jungles, any direction I look, I see only dances; and clearly every living creature, plant and flower perform in a choreographic sequence that enhances life in the whole cosmic scene.
There are 32 watercolours, 16 oils and 20 sketches in this exhibition. From among them the collaterals show two: "Power and Stealth", symbolising the sleek majesty of a leopard and "To the Market" representing an African woman making a simple journey to the nearby village market with the produce of the day, both portraying daily events in that continent. Everything that happens there is seemingly ordinary but always larger than life. Where else in this world will you find a pipe smoking woman with a basket on her head in the wilderness, crossing path with a leopard in search of a prey. This happened a few miles from the Singita Camp in South Africa. The artist decided to bring them to life “singly”, to highlight their independent lives in their common environment.
Africa, Where Nature Dances will run from 7-13th of February, highlights the beauty and cultural perspectives of South Africa, viewers can expect to see Rupa‟s watercolours and oils of people and wildlife emphasise action and motion. The artist‟s creative process is highlighted through samples of sketches made in wilderness sites. Snarling zebras, swimming elephants, Cape buffalos stepping out of a river, mother with her child, woman on her way to the market, unbelievably huge butterflies are all “dancing” when you take a good hard look at them.
Spotlight Singapore„s cultural exchange with various international artists and countries was initiated by The Arts House in 2006 and serves as Singapore‟s cultural and economic gateway to new and emerging markets around the world, through a holistic programme combining artistic, economic and educational activities.
This exhibition is part of an arts and educational series leading up to Spotlight Singapore in Cape Town, which is co-organised by Asian Culture Enterprise Singapore (ACES) and The Arts House and sponsored by Clariden Leu.
Spotlight Singapore in Cape Town is to be held from 16 to 19 March 2011 with the purpose of creating business-to-business relationships between Cape Town and Singapore through the creative arts.
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