CHELMSFORD, MA—The Asian Art Gallery, a social enterprise with a mission to promote emerging and senior artists from South East Asia, had over 150 visitors last weekend including the opening reception of its spring show called “Empathy & Expressions” featuring one of India’s legendary contemporary artist Dhiraj Choudhury. The show is open until June 5th 2016.
“In his eightieth year, Dhiraj has not lost his steam and continues to roar with the same enthusiasm, passion, vitality and dedication to artistic commitment.” wrote Dr. Ashrafi S. Bhagat a renowned art critic and historian. “An artist for whom empathy is at the heart of his artistic practice, it engines its creative process. In his expressions, he senses himself in the forms of his art works, which then extends to the viewer.”
During his 10-day trip to Boston, Dhiraj hosted a private session with local artists, conducted an art class for children at the Academy of Creative Arts, Burlington and created some new works. Asian Art Gallery published a book of Dhiraj’s works to celebrate his 80th birthday (Dhiraj | Empathy and Expressions | ISBN 978-0-9975419-0-8).
“Dhiraj has an impressive repertoire of work spanning almost six decades covering social commentary to social engagement.” said Dr. Sunita Periera, an art enthusiast and collector. “He masterfully navigates varied mediums ranging from watercolor on paper to acrylic, oils and wood carved, burnt and painted to create stunning works of art. I love his use of color and his whimsical often saucy imagery especially his Mona Lisa.”
“Art, I believe, can play an active role in creating social awareness and I would in my own small way, try to light a candle in the darkness of ignorance and greed.” said Dhiraj Choudhury. “I am leaving Boston more motivated thanks to all the love and admiration of my works at the show.”
“It is not often we have an opportunity to host a legend like Dhiraj Da,” said Santhana Krishnan, founder, Asian Art Gallery of the first-ever solo show of Dhiraj in the US. “The 45 stunning works at the show clearly captivated all and engaging with him in person was a bonus.”
Here are the details about the Spring 2016 Show which is open till June 5th, 2016:
Private Viewing Times: Please schedule at www.calendly.com/aag
Open to Public: Sat, May 21st noon-6pm; Sun, May 22nd, noon-6pm. Sat, June 4th, noon-6pm. Sun, June 5th, noon-6pm.
RSVP: Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Asian Art Gallery was founded by Krishnan as a social enterprise with a mission to promote emerging and senior artists and is the first gallery to present contemporary art of South East Asia in New England. To learn more visit www.asianartgallery.org.