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Alpana Kale, born in 1969, grew up in Mumbai and moved to Singapore in 2001. Alpana commenced her career in the jewellery industry. She has designed jewellery with Sookee in Singapore. She has also worked with Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri, Tanishq, and Beautiful Diamonds in India. Her work was also displayed and modelled for at the “”Jewel Fest”” in Singapore.
Alpana’s desire to further express her creative abilities directed her to work with other art mediums. Alpana is a self-taught artist. Her work, which has exhibited previously in Singapore, in many ways, is evocative of the various stages and changes in her life. She has also read at NAFA, Singapore, the Gem and Jewellery Export Council, and the Indo American Society India.
Alpana’s latest collection, ”Devotion”, has been a journey of spiritual discovery and is a reflection of her passion for the arts. For this collection, Alpana has worked with sand, ceramic, and resin to create a rhythmic sculpture of contemporary forms.
The different mediums, techniques, hues that she plays with also bring out the various meditative forms. The images of the Ganesha, on the other hand, are playful and in a medley of auspicious colours. Many of the paintings in the collection also exhibit the inner strength Alpana found in prayer and meditation. These strong and passionate forms of the woman in many of her paintings also reflect a woman’s commitment to herself and her relationships.
Alpana’s solo exhibition in January 2008 was exceptionally well received and featured in the January 2008 edition of India Se. The collection features diverse forms of the Ganesha and Buddha as seen through the eyes of the artist in prayer. The paintings express the progressive stages of The Buddha’sBuddha’s journey to attain enlightenment.
Alpana was also invited by the Modi group to represent the Indian artists at the “”Splendor India”” show at the Fullerton and Art House in Singapore to celebrate 60 years of India’sIndia’s Independence. Her work was well-received.
Alpana’s most recent work, titled “”Deywo”” (celestial beings) is a mixed medium depiction of Lord Shiva and Buddha. The seamless integration of the two faces represents the duality of power and enlightenment. The combination of techniques, mediums and vibrant colours work to highlight the deities’deities’ unique auras. Alpana has drawn inspiration from her own faith and exploration of spirituality.