Rajul Shah was born in Mumbai, India, raised in the Northeastern part of the United States and currently has homes and studios in both the US and Japan. Her artwork is a blend of contemporary American dynamics and traditional Japanese simplicity. Integrating a variety of materials, including gold and silver leaf, acrylic and oil, Rajul creates paintings with radiant layers of color and light.
In Japanese tradition, painting is to express the “feeling” of its subject matter. Indian heritage points to the celebration of the human spirit. Influenced by both philosophies, Rajul’s paintings have the power to transport us to another world allowing for reflection and inviting profound introspection. The chaos of daily life is removed and replaced by a peaceful respitethat stimulates healing and a regeneration of the human spirit.
Rajul has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Japan, including the Design Festa Gallery in Tokyo, Kitano Alley Gallery in Kobe and the Intercontinental Hotel In Osaka. “Surya Rising”, a painting from the Indian Icons Collection, was featured as part of Blossom Blast Artist Show at the UltraSuperNew Gallery in Tokyo. Her work “The Shack” was featured in the online exhibition presented by Manhattan Arts International New York, New York. She has also exhibited her work at the India Art Festival in Mumbai, in February 2018, where her artwork was showcased in the Hindustani Timesand Colour Canvas.
In the Volume 8 edition of ONBEAT Magazine, an art publication in Japan, art critic Jun Teshigawara spoke of Rajul’s series of paintings, the Fuji Collection as “an entirely modern and unprecedented take on the sacred mountain”.
Rajul has been a student of the Nihonga Painting Master, Suiko Ohta, a 4thgeneration Sumi-E instructor whose family of painters have been recognized by Japan’s royal family. She has supplemented her studio classes attending CE classes at the Tyler School of Art of Temple University’s Tokyo Campus.
Rajul’s paintings are in private collections in Japan, the USA, India and Australia. Paintings are also publicly displayed in the corporate offices of Metlife Japan and San Mina Corp. in the Shizuoka Prefecture of Japan.
Her work is also available on Artsy represented by the Kitano Alley Gallery of Kobe, Japan (www.artsy.net/artist/rajul-shah-1).