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Shyamala Venkatesh

Shyamala Venkatesh Profile PictureBorn in Kandy, Sri Lanka, I did my schooling in Lusaka, Zambia, graduated from Stella Maris College, Chennai (India) and have travelled widely with my husband who is a Marine Engineer. Though never formally taught in art, I have inherited some of the artistic genes from my mother and brother who are skilled in fabric painting and charcoal respectively. I always had a penchant for art and it developed into a passionate hobby over the past few years in Dubai. With encouragement from family and friends, I had my first solo exhibition of 30 paintings in Bangalore (India) in 2003. When I realized that I could elicit an appreciation for my works, I recognized my calling and started experimenting with oils in greater detail. Learning from the internet, attending exhibitions and painting for others (according to their home interior requirements), I developed basic techniques and started improving and improvising. My paintings range from landscapes, seascapes, flowers, horses, Indian village scenes, Feng Shui/Vaastu related works and the quintessential figures of Buddha and Ganesha. My speciality lies in customizing artwork according to a particular theme, colour scheme and the budget of the client.

Artist statement:

"There is nothing more gratifying than experimenting with vibrant earth colours, painting in shadows, showing the flow of garments, capturing the softness in a horse’s eye or giving the final highlights of the finished artwork. I believe that a painting should not only brighten up a room, but also a person’s soul. Every painting I begin, I find a new purpose-one that fills me with limitless possibilities that fuel my creativity and brings with it a sense of peace and accomplishment."

List of past exhibitions:

  • World Trade Centre during the Dubai Shopping Festival (2004)
  • Times Square Mall and Dubai Festival City (as part of ARTE)
  • Dubai Ladies Club, Jumeirah (2011)
  • Riwaz Exhibition (2015)
  • As part of a fashion show at Alserkal Avenue (fabric painting) in 2016
  • Double Tree Hilton, Business Bay (2017)
  • Cartoon Gallery, Art Fiesta (2017)
  • DUCTAC, Kolor Palette (2017)
  • As part of a group exhibition at Ahmedia Heritage Gallery, Deira, Feb 2018
  • As part of International Women’s Day at Sheraton, Sharjah on March 8th, ’18 through Art4YouGallery
  • As part of International Women’s Day at Sharjah Cultural Club on March 8th, ’18 through Dubai Art Fans
  • As part of Dubai International Horse Fair, March ’18 at the World Trade Centre through Al Falasi Artz Gallery
  • As part of a group exhibition at Sultana Kazim’s residence, Falcon House, Jumeira, April ’18
  • As part of World Art Dubai, April ’18 at the World Trade Centre, through ArtSmiley Gallery
  • As part of a group exhibition at Monda Gallery, Sofitel, Palm Jumeirah Sept ’18 through Art4YouGallery
  • As part of a group exhibition at the Taj Hotel, Oct ’18 through Al Falazi Artz Gallery

List of past and present galleries artist is working with:

  1. Koboart.com
  2. ArtSmiley.com
  3. Few private curators


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