P Gnana Paintings - Artist Profile
P Gnana is a Singapore based painter and sculptor who is also an alumnus of LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. Experimentation, serious and sometimes meditative, has been one of the key instruments that has shaped Gnana’s creative journey through the years, allowing him to rejuvenate in a world of constant change and fluctuating emotions. Gnana’s fascination towards the technique of collage in his paintings began in the first few years of his career. Today, collage is back in his art, but this time, on both sculpture and painting. For Gnana, collage is process-oriented with layers and layers of ideas, presenting him with fresh possibilities that emerge on the spur of the moment. With great confidence and an abundance of ideas, Gnana transforms the meaning and purpose of mundane, everyday objects into awe-inspiring expressions of urban relevance. In the same spirit, Gnana recycles objects such as Coca Cola cans and industrial materials, meticulously combining them with conventional media such as bronze and canvas, to resonate the co-existence between his almost metaphysical cow and the human being.
Gnana was granted the honour of being selected (in 2005) to undertake a project commissioned by Singapore’s Ascendas to create fourteen large-scaled paintings with an abstract expressionistic motivation for the International Tech Park in Chennai. In 2013, one of Gnana’s larger-than-life sculptures made from recycled materials was acquired by National Parks Board (Singapore) to display in Fort Canning Park Singapore.
Over a career of 25 years, Gnana has presented his work in numerous international group and solo shows. His paintings are part of the former President of Republic of Singapore and the Singapore Art Museum of the National Heritage Board.