Intense Expressions

New York based artist Schandra Singh uses the medium of oil and gouache to talk about shared social and political realities. A Yale MFA graduate, she has been featured in many international exhibitions. In 2008, she held a solo show with Galerie Bertrand & Gruner in Geneva, Switzerland. Schandra was included in MoCA Shanghai’s “India Xianzai” in 2009 and “The Empire Strikes Back” exhibition at London’s Saatchi Gallery in 2010.

As an artist whose cultural heritage stems from India and Austria, Schandra Singh uses the mode of storytelling of the Indian miniature painter juxtaposed with inspirations of the irony and satire found in Expressionism and Neo-expressionism.

On September 11th, 2001 Schandra experienced and escaped the devastation of the World Trade Towers. Her home and studio were destroyed on that day. She had a large vertical blank canvas that remained unscathed. This is the canvas used for “Untitled” featured below. The right side is made up of a pattern of Muslims praying while the left side consists of every person she could gather who perished on that day, totaling 2915 victims. Each individual painted in the work is documented separately with their name and a coinciding number.

In the spring of 2010, Schandra held her first solo exhibition with Bose Pacia / Nature Morte in New York and exhibited with the gallery at Art Basel 41. Currently she is in another show with the Saatchi Gallery entitled ‘The Silk Road’ at Lille 3000 in Lille, France and her next solo show will be at Nature Morte Berlin this year.

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