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GOVINDA SAH 'AZAD': Transcriptions    Jan 27 - Feb 26, 2011

Despair Truth
Govinda Sah
Despair Truth, 2010
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This will be Govinda Sah’s first solo exhibition at October Gallery, London.

Govinda’s artistic vision is a deeply spiritual one. Born in Nepal, he began working with the cloud as a symbol for peace and was the first Nepali to declare the 21st century as ‘the Century of Art and Peace.’

His artistic career began as a signboard painter in India before he followed his dream to become a student of Fine Art. Graduating from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal and Wimbledon College of Arts, London, his determination to succeed as an artist led to renowned fellow artist Govinda Dongol, to dub him, ‘Lion Heart’.

Govinda’s new paintings are based on fantastical cloud formations and tumultuous skies, which he depicts through large expansive canvases. His free-flowing works invite the viewer to consider space, the passage of time and light and dark. Govinda’s intention is to demonstrate the invisible by means of the visible.

His works also suggest an infinite universe, the invisible space portrayed by the cloud. His works depict this space, this emptiness and dark matter in a transcriptional burst or pulse that fires or quenches life. Clouds are formed by water in different states from droplets to ice crystals. Govinda examines the cloud’s molecular structure by painting delicate tiny bubbles and the refraction of light particles. Author and philosopher, Anthony Blake, has said of Govinda’s work,

‘His very tangible, textured, exquisite and astonishing canvases are windows into primordial worlds and the mystery of how nothing becomes something.’

His utilization of a variety of fascinating techniques, layers of paint mixed with sand and his dexterous use of water based paints and oils reveal tactile surfaces with a strong sense of movement. The burst of energetic colours transcribe mystical experiences. These dynamic works entice the viewer to journey through a creative exploration of the infinite and of the sublime; a shared transcendence beyond our finite selves.

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