Artist Biography

Originally from India her journey with colours and design started in New Delhi where she completed a 3 year Diploma in Textile Design. While in India after finishing her course she gained some experience of free hand painting on silk and chiffon sarees which was like creating an art on a large canvas!

Ruchi travelled around the world with her husband and explored different landscapes and cultures like Greece, Italy and Japan to name a few. In 1994 she moved to Australia with her husband to start a settled life and family. The amazing Australian landscapes and ocean and the rich and colourful textiles of India have been the main source of inspiration for her artworks in terms of colour and the softness and transparency of chiffon. Ruchi mainly works with acrylics, washes and sometimes ink. She believes art is a way to express feelings and emotions that we feel towards people, nature and this beautiful earth that we live on. Ruchi has been exploring with acrylics as she believes they are very versatile and easy to work with in terms of creating textures, depth and blending techniques. Ruchi believes in spontaneity and free flow of strokes. Each piece is started with some visual understanding of its flow and direction and as it progresses it takes its own path and slowly develops its own character, story and depth. Ruchi has been painting full time for the last three years and her paintings have  been well received by Private collectors in Australia and overseas.

Artist Statement

 

Abstraction to me is no boundaries and a feeling of free spirit. There is no expectation from anyone to me, there are no intentional movements and no calculative brush strokes. Many times they are just happy accidents! It is a pure connection of body, mind and soul  with the colours, shapes and strokes. I always work one piece at a time from start to finish. I can never work on many pieces together as I believe each piece is unique and requires a connection to happen for the creativity to flow and for the paintings to connect and talk to me. My favourite part and the most important is working with white and neutrals for softness and placing rich and bold colours in together on the canvas creating a playful yet creative composition. White colour plays a very important and crucial part in my paintings amongst the bold blues and warm colours. Its that playing with white and soft hues that takes the viewer into a serene and soothing journey. Each piece communicates to me and in the whole process I have to keep coming back to it with fresh eyes constantly for few days sometimes to work more on it. I create each artwork thinking will I put this up in my living room? 

 

“I don't paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.” 
― Frida Kahlo

“If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.” 
― Edward Hopper

 

Education

 

2012 – 2013 Diploma in Surface design (International school of colour and design, North Sydney) 
2011 – 2012 Cert IV in colour and Design (International school of colour and design, North Sydney) 
1988 – 1989 1 year diploma in Fashion design 
1985 – 1988 3 year diploma in Textile Design

Exhibitions

 

2018 - Lindfield Art show

2017 - Lindfield Art Show

2017 - St Thomas Art and Craft show

2017 - Oakhill college art show

2017 - Balmain Art show 
2016 - St Thomas art and craft show 
2016 – Lindfield Art Show and fair 
2015 – Pymble Ladies College Art Show 
2015 – Balmain Art Show 
2014 – Pymble Ladies College Art Show

Influences

My colour palettes are heavily influenced by Australian coastline, nature and bushland and my affiliation with Indian textiles.

    E: rrdesignart@gmail.com                                                                    ABN :  47102078368

 

                                                                                   

 

 

                     

                                                           © 2019. Ruchi Rai

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