Harmahinder: Law school dean with a painter’s hand

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | Asia Samachar | 24 April 2015

 

This is Harmahinder Singh’s personal favourite: Three brightly coloured koi fish swimming in a pond, sending ripples all around.

The handiwork of the Taylor’s Law School dean is now on display daily at an exhibition which ends on April 30.

“Sikhi and Gurbani play an important role in my paintings. This piece was inspired by the shabad tu dariao dana bina, meh machli kaisey ant lahaa,” he told Asia Samachar.

Titled UNwritten Law Bespoke Art, this is his first solo art exhibition. It is being held at the the CODA Gallery in Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus, open daily from 11am to 4pm. (Add: Taylor’s University, 1 Jalan Taylor’s, Subang Jaya. For details, call 03-5629 5000.]

Harmahinder with his favourite painting - PHOTO COURTESY OF STAR METRO
Harmahinder with his favourite painting – PHOTO COURTESY OF STAR METRO

The bright colours of the koi fish depict the colourful and vibrant life that man intends to live. The dark and blue water surrounding the koi fish depict the depths of life which man may explore, according to a note that accompanies the painting entitled The Force Around Me (2014).

It adds: As long as the koi stays within the water, it may explore the depths of the pond safely. Likewise, as long as man stays with God, he may explore the depths of life successfully without fear.

Take it as a feng shui piece if you like but to Harmahinder, it’s symbolic of how people have taken God for granted, reports The Star in an article on the exhibition.

Visually, Harmahinder’s style has a child-like appeal with its honest strokes and well thought out details. One can sense that the artist is humble yet firm, idealistic but also realistic,” according to the same article.

EXHIBITION LAUNCH: Harmahinder (second from left) with (L-R) SABD dean Tony Liew, Bar Council president Steven Thiru and Taylor's University deputy VC Dr Pradeep Nair.
EXHIBITION LAUNCH: Harmahinder (second from left) with (L-R) SABD dean Tony Liew, Bar Council president Steven Thiru and Taylor’s University deputy VC Dr Pradeep Nair.

The exhibition was launched by the Malaysian Bar Council president Steven Thiru on April 20. Also present at the launch were Taylor’s School of Architecture, Building and Design (SABD) dean Tony Liew and Taylor’s University deputy vice chancellor Dr Pradeep Nair.

Harmahinder, an accomplished kirtaani, performs at various places with a kirtan jatha (group).

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