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Rupa’s latest exhibition in Singapore, AFRICA, Where Nature Dances – An Artist’s Journey, opened at The Arts House on 8 February, 2011, to an impressive crowd of art collectors, industry giants and Singapore’s illustrious members of society. 

The exhibition was opened by Mr Phan Ming Yen, Artistic Development Director of The Arts House, and Guest-of-Honour, Mr Koh Seow Chuan, Chairman of The National Arts Gallery, Singapore.

The exhibition was a resounding success and a total sell-out. All sale proceeds were donated to the Nelson Mandela Foundation in South Africa and to other charities.

AFRICA, Where Nature Dances – An Artist’s Journey

The new exhibition takes Rupa’s passion for African scenes further with a strong linkage between her sketches and paintings. During her annual travels in the wilds of Africa, she lives in the African environment, where nature dances, for weeks on end. She continuously and furiously fills her sketchbook with extraordinary details and notes on all her observations of the land, animals, plants and people. The minutiae, the often unobserved details of the African environment appear in the form of leaves, butterflies, delicate flowers, those things that often escape our notice, so absorbed do we become with the more forceful, imposing images, of the surrounds in which we find ourselves.

Then she pours out the colours and atmosphere on her artworks.

Africa undeniably is a land where 'Nature Dances'. Snarling zebras, swimming elephants, Cape buffalos stepping out of a river, mother with her child, woman on her way to the market, unbelievably huge butterflies are all 'dancing' when you take a good hard look at them. As Rupa puts it "when I am sitting in an open Land Rover, any direction I look, I see only dances and clearly every living creature, plant and flower perform in a choreographic sequence that enhances life in the whole cosmic scene." 

She continues "It is a riveting experience, every time, and hence the furious sketching and note-taking to ensure that nothing is allowed to fade from memory."
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