In the 1980's Harish was very well known in the Pittsburgh art scene as the creator of rich and dynamic abstract paintings. His work was collected both locally and nationally. I have always found his work to be inspiring and exciting. His new series, Mandalas and Deities, looks...even better.
The opening reception tomorrow is likely to be very crowded, but lots of fun. So if you do come tomorrow, you may also want to plan to stop by in the next few weeks to see the paintings properly. See write up from Silkscreen Asian American Film Festival below
After a long detour in the world of Cinema, artist Harish Saluja has a new set of paintings to share. The show ‘Mandalas and Deities’ opens at the Mendelson Gallery Sep 3 and runs through October 2, 2010.
Although he has an engineering degree from the prestigious IIT Kharagpur which remains unused, he has been painting and showing his work for over 40 years. Harish’s work falls under the Abstract Expressionism discipline.
Apart from painting, Harish’s creativity has explored literature, music and film. He directed, produced, and acted in several movies and plays, including the award-winning film The Journey. www.newrayfilms.com. He also co-hosts one of the longest running Indian music radio programs in the country, Music From India, on WDUQ Pittsburgh. Since 2005 he has been running Silk Screen, a non-profit Asian Arts and culture organization.
In his Mandala and Deity Series Paintings, his latest set of works on canvas, he has started incorporating figurative and semi-abstract images with abstraction. The result is a sumptuous, almost erotic celebration of joy.
Mandala is Sanskrit for circle, polygon, community, and connection. It is a symbol of man or woman in the world, a support for the meditating person. It is often illustrated as a palace with four gates, facing the four corners of the Earth. Before the meditating person arrives at the gates, he/she must pass the four outer circles. Saluja builds on this basic discipline and gives it an abstract flavor.
The other set of paintings are Abstract depictions of Hindu deities: Shiva, Ganesha, Sarasvati and others.