Rajul moved to Japan in 2012 after retiring from her first career in healthcare. She trained extensively across Oil, Sumi-E/Nihonga, and Acrylic for 7 years between the Tokyo Campus of Temple’s Tyler School of Art and Professional/Studio workshops. She now lives between the US and Singapore with her family.
Her works have been shown in national and international juried shows, including the Tokyo Tower International Art Fair, the XIII Florence Biennale, the 29th Annual International Society of Experimental Artists (ISEA) Exhibition, the ION Orchard Gallery in Singapore, the Ueno No Mori Art Museum (Royal Art Museum) in Japan, the National Art Gallery and the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Ueno.
She has received numerous awards for her work including artistic excellence awards by the Circle Foundation. Her creations have been long- and short-listed on awards with the Visual Artist Association in the UK. Honorary mentions and other finalist awards as part of international juried online shows have also recognized Rajul’s work over the past years.
Spotlight and Studio Visit Magazines have featured Rajul’s work and she has written about the Japanese Are of Kintsugi in online publications for White Enso and the Friends of Museum of Singapore.
She is also the co-founder of Purple Octopus Art, LLC, an art publishing company, and founded “Canvas Connections”, a Women’s Artist Collective in Singapore.
Rajul is an international artist whose work is inspired by the desire to communicate calm and spiritual peace. While the intent of her work draws from a previous career in healthcare, she is inspired by Japanese and Indian philosophy. Rajul believes in connections between emotional and well-being and in the importance of sharing positive energy.
The Japanese Art of Kintsugi inspires the translation of Rajul’s creations to address aspects of the human condition and its ability to recover from illness, injury and/or trauma, including the impact of humans on the environment.
Kintsugi is a physical manifestation of resilience. Its purpose is to “repair”. The practice emphasizes the beauty and utility of breaks and imperfections. A vessel is repaired using tree sap and gold splicing. Traditionally applied to pottery in Japan, Rajul’s works are 2D representations of this concept across the planet, the human body and its spiritual energy centers, known as Chakras.
What needs repair does not need to define us. We can heal, regenerate and evolve into improved versions of ourselves, with renewed strength and purpose. An illness or injury does not make us “ugly” or “weak”. The result of regeneration lends greater beauty to that which is healed.
Rajul's creations use a variety of media and materials, such as oil, nihonga, acrylic, gold/silver leaf, paper and other textural compounds.