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Revati Sharma Singh's Ritz(y) Works of Art

  By   Sep 2nd 2013 at 2:20PM Lifestyle RATED

 

Revati Sharma Singhs Ritzy Works of Art
Revati Sharma Singh


A gigantic Husain sits behind the reception desk in the Tower wing of The Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai; the lobby ceiling at Delhi's ITC Maurya has a mural painted by Kishen Khanna called Processions of Life, while The Claridges has works by Narendra Pal Singh and Reshmi Dey.

And when the Ritz-Carlton Bangalore - the luxury hotel chain's first outpost in India - opens soon, you will see a colossal masterpiece by Revati Sharma Singh. The artist, whose work has been displayed at the Masterpieces Art Fair in London, has created multiple canvases for the Ritz.

"The most important aspect of creating these works," she says, "was to ensure they blended with the decor but still stood out. One also needed something timeless. I created a series of abstract landscapes... hoping that when someone saw it again, they would see something different. Similar to an actual landscape - one can sit in the same spot at the same time every day and still have a different experience each time. I was hoping to be able to translate that into my work."

Ritz Carlton Mumbai
Revati painted two canvases for the Ritz-Carlton lobby


"I never plan a painting," she says, "it's is something that just happens along the way... this one too just happened. It took me several months and many, many layers of paint to finally complete it." The outcome is two 7ftx19ft canvases that will dominate the space around the grand staircase in the lobby, while a series of 80 panels will decorate the Ritz-Carlton's members' lounge.

A History of Art

A childhood passion for art has culminated in an international career for Sharma Singh. Her first solo exhibition was held at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore; her husband, she says, put in a month's salary to book the gallery space for a week. Then followed a sold-out solo show in Mumbai, at the Kala Ghoda Art Fair; the chance to display her first ever large installation internationally at the Palace Hotel in Monte Carlo (as part of Art Monaco), and of course the Masterpiece Art Fair in London, where her works were displayed alongside those by Damien Hirst, SH Raza and MF Husain.

"I'm spontaneous when I paint. I have periods when I can't stop painting. To me painting is emotionally, physically, intellectually and spiritually satisfying- a cleansing of the soul," she says.

And what is her one luxury? "Luxury for me would mean time… the ability to give my best to my work, to interact with the world's best artists and spend time with my family. I do love my Ferragamos though!" she says.

 

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