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Art crusader

An interaction with London-based art promoter and purveyor, Kuldip Rihal, lets us in on his plans of promoting Indian artists.

chandigarh Updated: Sep 12, 2012 10:45 IST
SD Sharma

"In fine arts, it is only the convention, the form and the incidentals that change; the fundamentals of passion, of intellect and imagination remain unaltered."

This assertion of Aldous Huxley seems to have inspired Kuldip Rihal - London-based art promoter and purveyor - to add Indian artwork to his existing treasure of European and African artwork at their Southfields Gallery in London.

In an interaction with the media, Kuldip Rihal shared his endeavour of promoting Indian artists from the fields of painting, sculptures, ceramics, prints and photography by opening new horizons for them at the international level.

Kuldip Rihal, born to a Sikh family in Kenya migrated to the UK at the age of 14 and studied at the London Art College. He also explored the fields of publishing and design consultancy, but his mind found solace only in the indulgence of art.

The Southfield gallery is putting up a mix media exhibition of European and African art at the Epicentre Gallery, Gurgaon, from September 27 to 30, with 95 exhibits of top 12 artists from Europe and Africa. Artists such as Richard Fuller, Rosy Casselden and Sophie Jacobson will also demonstrate their work for the inmates of Tihar jail and interact with them. The proceeds from the exhibits will go to the Roko Cancer NGO, says Kuldip.

About the exploitation of Indian artists by established galleries abroad (that purchase works at low rates and sell them at exorbitant prices), Rihal says, "We will felicitate the sale only at service charges." About the idea of holding an interaction in Chandigarh when the event is to take place in Gurgaon, he says, "As per art connoisseurs, Chandigarh has emerged as a centre for excellence in art and my idea was to seek participation of local artists as well.

I have been impressed, thoroughly, with the paintings of three artists and am still meeting others. So far, we have selected five works of eight-year-old Reeya Rajpal from Delhi. We plan to interact with all the talented artists of the city within the next four months, and Chandigarh is our next destination."

Kuldip Rihal can be contacted on 09899017759 and +447947-675059 or mail him at kuldip@southfieldsgallery.com.