Kumari Nahappan

Recent Paintings by Kumari Nahappan
October 16 - 29, 2002
Plum Blossoms Gallery, HK

Hush... presents the most recent works by Kumari Nahappan, from 1998 to 2002. It is our pleasure to host her first solo exhibition in Hong Kong. In addition to her vibrant vermillion acrylic paintings, works on paper and some installation works are also on display.

The style embodied in Kumari Nahappan's artwork is altogether simple, low-key, and yet highly thought out. Being built upon her notion of time and space revealed in her past work, Kumari finds the concept of power of silence to be the theme of her latest paintings.

To her, silence is a must for all creative activity. It helps to regenerate one's energy which has been dissipated from everyday routine work. Above all, Kumari emphasizes that her works are not reflective of her religious beliefs, but are rather philosophical statements open to interpretation and rumination.

Kumari Nahappan is a Malaysian-born artist with a strong Hindu cultural background. An individual deeply devoted to her religious roots and traditional upbringing, Kumari is infixed upon daily rituals and practices that provide a sense of order and peace in her life. In turn, her artwork is a channel by which her way of life is expressed, an outlet through which her emotions and thoughts can be diverted.

This catalogue is published for the first solo exhibition of Kumari Nahappan in Hong Kong. The exhibition presents the most recent works by Kumari Nahappan, from 1998 to 2002. It includes her vibrant vermillion acrylic paintings, works on paper and some installation works.

40 pages, 22 plates in full colour, foreword by Stephen McGuinness, essay by Lindy Poh, soft cover, 2002, HK$180/US$24

Acrylic on linen
83,3 x 144,5 cm



1976 Studied Interior Design Willesden College of Technology, London, UK

1976 Further Education Teacher's Certificate City and Guilds, London, UK

1992 Advance Diploma in Fine Arts LASALLE College of Arts, Singapore

1995 M.F.A. Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia


1999 Rituals of Time, Wetterling Gallery Stockholm, Sweeden

1998 Rythm in Stone (to benefit Club Rainbow - Children's Charity), Paragon Shopping Centre, #01-20/21 Singapore

1998 Suara 3, Caldwell House Chijmes, Singapore

1998 Stockholm Art Fair, Sweden

1998 Recent Acquisition Exhibition, Singapore Art Museum Singapore

1998 Australian Contemporary Art Fair 6, Melbourne

1997 Almanac Entry .... 3rd Nov'97 360 Test Tubes from Ubi Road 2, Wetterling Teo Gallery Singapore

1997 Mysticism of Red and Black, Heland Wetterling Gallery Stockholm, Sweeden

1997 The Third Light, Caldwell House CHIJMES, Singapore

1996 Monument, Substation Singapore

1996 Mysticism of Red and Black, Wetterling Teo Gallery Singapore

1996 Referencing, Melbourne International Festival of the Arts Robert Lindsay Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

1996 XX Personae II, Art at Kandang Hospital Singapore

1995 Singapore Art '95, Suntec City Singapore

1995 360 Vessels from the Temple, Dr. Earl Lu Gallery Singapore

1994 UOB 13th Painting of the Year Exhibition, Empress Place Singapore

1993 Tropical Vibrance, LASALLE Gallery Singapore

1993 UOB 11th Painting of the Year Exhibition, National Museum of Art Gallery Singapore

1993 12th Shell Discovery Art Exhibition, Shell Tower Singapore