Painter brings honours home

Himalayan News Service


An oil on canvas painting of 69X51 cm, with the title “Story of Wool Spinning Woman and Wool” by contemporary Nepalis artist, Shreejan Kumar Rajbhandari is an exhibit in Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe, Japan. The juried exhibition themed “Renascence” was organised to confirm the preciousness of ‘living’ and importance of ‘restoration of mind’ after the costly experience of the great Hanshin-Awaji Earth quake in Kobe.

Shreejan’s painting is the only one from Nepal out of 101 artists selected from among 7,992 entries by 2,979 artists throughout the world. The painting titled “Story of Wool Spinning Woman and Wool” conveys the simple emotions of a rural woman making her livelihood by spinning wool. Shreejan conveys social themes by creating a surreal world using abundant typical Nepali decorative designs and motifs in art and architecture — the artist uses the traditional screened window in an unusual manner. The dominating value portrayed is that of continuity. The exhibition started on 17 January and will continue till 20 February.

Meanwhile, another painting of the artist on a similar theme, “A Heavenly Old Wool Spinning Woman” has also been selected for display in another exhibition in Japan. Beppu Asia Beinnale of Contemporary Art 2005 is on at Beppu Art Museum, Oita, since 28 January and will run till 27 February 2005.