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Art that stands for the ladies

art-and-culture Updated: Mar 08, 2013 01:42 IST
Aakriti Sawhney
Aakriti Sawhney
Hindustan Times
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Every canvas from artist Premila Singh’s exhibition, that opens in the Capital today, celebrates women in an intriguing manner.

Based in South Africa since 20 years, Singh has travelled extensively to many African countries and has captured the lives of African women through her paintbrush. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Singh is opening her next solo titled, Who am I? The exhibition has been divided into four different segments. The first segment has a series of three large paintings that captures the various stages of a woman’s life. The other segments capture the mother-child relationship, the everyday woman and other feminine portraits, such as a bride, an old woman and more. “African culture is very vibrant and I love capturing it in my work,” says Singh. With no formal training in art, Singh feels her works have influences of European art and vibrant African colours. “African women wear very vibrant shades and their lifestyle is very fascinating. They struggle to survive and yet there is joy and colour in their lives. It breaks the monotony of the simple lives they lead,” she says.

Another interesting feature in Singh’s works is the showcase of different dressing sensibilities of African women. In the painting, Festival of the Reeds Swaziland, Singh shows a woman dressed in colourful clothes but her breasts are bare. Singh explains, “This particular tribe follows a custom where the unmarried women don’t cover their breasts. It is very interesting.” Another work, Mother and Child, shows a woman’s bare back and a child clutched to her body. “Women in Africa are allowed to have kids before marriage. So you would spot many girls with small children tied to their backs.”

Singh also has some landscapes on display. All the paintings are oil and acrylic on canvas and masonite.

Catch it here
What:
Who am I?
On till: March 11
Where: Lokayata Art Gallery, Mulk Raj Anand Centre for Arts, Hauz Khas village
Timings: 11 am to 7 pm
Nearest Metro Station: Hauz Khas on the Yellow Line