The Japanese art of Kintsugi traditionally entails mending broken pottery using tree sap and gold. The repaired piece is valued for its flaws and imperfections; hence, embraced with more treasure than before. Kintsugi Earth I is the vision of an Earth healed and mended after being broken by climate change.
My work comes from a deep desire to find calm and spiritual peace in the world. Having spent many years in healthcare, I’ve witnessed the close connection between emotional and physical well-being. It is important to surround oneself with; and share positive energy. I want my paintings to offer an escape from the hectic pace of life and create a calming meditative experience.
Influenced by the Japanese concept of Ma (Maah), my artwork renders a purposeful use of space. “Space” gives structure to the composition and allows for a harmonious relationship between form and non-form, or positive and negative space. The “free” space allows for a reflective and in-depth and emotional interpretation of the painting in its entirety.
I apply this concept in an unconventional manner using a variety of media and materials, such as Oil, Nihonga, Acrylic, Gold/Silver Leaf, paper and other textural compounds. Free space or negative space can be defined with color, texture, materials and/or a combination. Regardless of the materials used, the intensity of application will define the free space from the positive space.
After 20 years in healthcare working across chronic and terminal illnesses, Rajul moved to Asia from the USA in 2012 and took the opportunity to train across Oil, Sumi-E and Acrylic in Japan. With her prior career she obtained a deep appreciation for the fragility of the human condition that she addresses in her artwork. Realizing the importance of surrounding oneself with; and sharing energy that positively impacts health and well-being,
Rajul enjoys using a variety of media, including Acrylic, Oil and Watercolor. She also incorporates other materials, such as gold and silver leaf and/or paper into her artworks. Her primary inspiration is painting images that communicate calm, serenity and solitude. Whatever combination of materials allows her to translate these emotions are what ends up in her artwork. Rajul paints escapes that offer meditative layers of color and light in a blend of Western dynamics and Asian simplicity.
Her artwork has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Japan, including the Ueno No Mori Art Museum (Royal Art Museum) in Japan, the National Art Gallery in Tokyo, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Ueno, the Intercontinental Hotel In Osaka and the ANA Crowne Plaza hotel in Kobe.
“Kintsugi Earth II” has been chosen for the 29th Annual International Society of Experimental Artists in August, 2020.
“Water Lillies” was been chosen as part of the 32nd Annual Japanese Exhibition of Nature taking place at the Ueno No Mori Museum in August, 2019. “Earth & Sky” was chosen as part of the 82nd Annual Shinseisaku Exhibition at the National Art Gallery in Tokyo. “Earth & Sky II” and “Grotto of Water Lillies” were chosen as part of the 49th Annual Genyouten Exhibition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art in Ueno; where “Earth and Sky II” also received an honorary award from KusaKabe Paints.
Her works “Twin Journeys”, “Memories of Hokusai II”, “Memories of Hokusai VI”, “Waters’ Gentle Weave”, “Water Lillies III”, “Pink Lotus”, “Journeys”, “Kintsugi Earth I,II,III” have been featured in the online exhibitions presented by Manhattan Arts International (New York), Artsy Shark, Artists’ Table, Contemporary Art Gallery, and Art Room, among others.
Rajul’s paintings are in private collections in Japan, the USA, India and Australia. Paintings have also been publicly displayed in the corporate offices of MetLife Japan and San Mina Corp. in the Shizuoka Prefecture of Japan.