LONDON.- Grosvenor Gallery
presents its exhibition, Angeli Sowani: Seraphim, Sowanis third solo show with the gallery, following Vaahan in 2010 and Inner Weaves in 2007.
Angeli Sowani (born 1959, New Delhi) trained as an illustrator and graphic designer at the prestigious National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad. She has travelled extensively, living and working in Nepal, Thailand, Hong Kong and England, each place presenting her with new sources of inspiration, whether it is the Buddhist imagery and use of gold leaf in Thailand or the votive papers burnt in offering to the Gods in Hong Kong.
Sowani first started experimenting with a blowtorch after the 2003 Mumbai bombings, playing with the shapes and patterns created on the scorched canvas. Explaining the process, Even in destruction there was fresh creation as shapes of birds, flames and whirls emerged, cut from the burnt canvas. The vulnerable material seemed a fitting metaphor for the fragility of life.
In this new show, Sowani continues her exploration of the duality of fires creative and destructive power focused on in her previous shows Vaahan and Inner Weaves, pushing it further still. She also introduces a new figure, that of the seraph (literally burning one) traditionally an angelic being of the highest order in Christian angelology associated with light, ardor, and purity. Yet there is a sense of darkness in her works, particularly in the series titled Within where burnt canvases are layered upon each other, and in her Waterscapes with its use of thick black paint obscuring and covering the canvas surface.
Angeli has put her name to ten solo exhibitions held in Hong Kongs Rotunda Gallery, Mumbais Jehangir Art Gallery and at Londons Kings Road Gallery and Grosvenor-Vadehra Gallery. She has also participated in over 20 group exhibitions in several countries, including The 50th Anniversary of Independence show in Hong Kong, The London Art Fair and The Art for Gods Sake exhibition in New Delhis Habitat Centre. Her work commands a loyal following with her paintings held in private and corporate collections around the world.