For Art’s Sake

I am mad about art and it’s my mission to provide young,emerging artists a platform to showcase their talent and work.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: September 14, 2012 12:35 am

“I am mad about art and it’s my mission to provide young,emerging artists a platform to showcase their talent and work. And this is what brings me to India,” says Kuldip

Rihal,a London-based art promoter,who now wants to add Indian art to the existing repertoire of European and African art at Southfields Gallery in London,which he owns along with a friend.

Southfields Gallery is organising an exhibition of European and African paintings,sculptures,digital art and photographs at

Epicentre,Gurgaon,from September 27 to 30,where works of 12 artists would be showcased.

On a visit to Chandigarh to meet artists and spread the word about the exhibition and its aim,Rihal also hopes to promote Indian art in London. “Established contemporary European and African artists like Richard Fuller,a master of Cubism art,Rosie Casseldon,a noted landscape artist,and sculptor Andrew Fybbe will be part of the exhibition,’’ says Rihal,who was born to a Sikh family in Kenya and migrated to the UK at the age of 14 and studied at the London Art College.

Running a successful publishing and design consultancy in the UK,Rihal says he decided to give up the business and work exclusively for the promotion of art.

At the core of the exhibition is an education outreach programme,with visiting artists going to Tihar Jail in Delhi,to provide free demonstrations,interact with young inmates and also display their works. Part of the proceeds from the exhibition will go to victims of crimes and their rehabilitation programme. “The multicultural blend of shared talent,ideas and resources will form the fundamental basis to inspire emerging and developing artists and a reciprocal exhibition of Indian artists is planned in London,in 2013,” adds Rihal,pointing out that part of the proceeds from this exhibition will go to patients suffering from roko cancer. The organisation Roko Cancer Charitable Trust works in rural areas in India and is active in Punjab,Delhi and other northern states. The proceeds will also help Indian Art Fund to send artists from India to Britain and from Britain to India on reciprocal basis. “For the next five years,the gallery will be involved in showcasing new techniques,art forms,promoting young artists and in the process,lend a helping hand to those who need it,” says Rihal,who will now travel around Punjab to meet more artists.

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