On Thursday, while waiting for the Kenduri Kendara (Malay celabratory feast) to begin, I was chatting to a few artists who all happened to be from India but with very different approach to their art.
He is not only an artist but also a lecturer, curator and runs art workshops. He also conducts art exchange programmes for children, teens and even celebrities!… to various countries such as United Kingdom, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Malaysia.
His are works are exhibited in Italy, New York, New Jersey and also locally in India.
He is a sculptor from the state of Bihar, India and works with various media. For Langkawi Art Biennale 2016, he came to Langkawi two weeks before the opening, to EXPLORE and seek suitable materials for his sculpture. Together with the other sculptors, they visited a marble factory and found lot of marble off cuts. Then off to a scrap metal, recycling yard for the rest of the sculpture.
Why “Safety First”? The marble ‘peak’ in the centre of his sculpture with water faucets attached is his reminder to all that the glaciers are melting, water levels are rising. How can we protect it from worsening?. The authorities (represented by
black hands holding guns all around the sculpture’s black basin) are responsible for protecting Mother Nature.
Anup’s top guns!
Here with some new found friends…fellow sculptors – Dinesh Wilkes, Helen Crawford, Syahril Azwan and Zul Idris
An interesting lady who loves photography and has studied Chinese traditional art at China Academy of Art, Hangzhou. Then she applies this influence into her contemporary works. Having a studio in Beijing and New Delhi means her time is divided between the two continents.
He is her fiance and unfortunately could not be in Langkawi because he is busy working on his PhD in Beijing.
This is one of his paintings for Langkawi Art Biennale 2016
(Photos courtesy from various artists)