Sandhya Gopinath

Sandhya Gopinath

Artist and Art Educator

About the Artist


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Artist Statement

I have always been fascinated by the ephemeral nature of movement. It’s why my paintings have free flowing forms used repeatedly to show motion in its purest form. It also helps make visual connections throughout the composition. I also draw inspiration from the Modernist tradition, and the concept of emphasizing a material's 'competency', in my case, the flatness of paint and its saturated pure colour.  

Everyone can read a painting. They speak louder than words. But for some reason, we hesitate. Born to interpret every visual that crosses us, my art is open to you.  To me, it is a play of optical illusions, a play between space and visual movement that I have created, by exploring a few key compositional elements with different geometric formulae. It is a step towards creating a language for myself that expresses my characteristics, my personality, my emotions and my beliefs.  To you, this is it is your own Rosetta stone, to be deciphered in a new way, every time you pass by, in a world with no right answers. A world where only your answers matter.  

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Work

  • Current Position – Working part time as the Art and Design Teacher at Kid’s Central School, Chennai and a Freelance Contemporary Artist, Art Educator (Visual Arts and Design Portfolio Classes for students applying to International Art and Design Colleges/Universities)   
  • Designed the Art Curriculum for Nalandaway Foundation for their Art Labs, Chennai, India 2013   
  • Worked as the High School Visual Arts Teacher for the American International School, Chennai, India, September 2008 to June 2013 (Subjects taught – Drawing and Painting, Studio Art, Photography, Advanced Art, Graphic Design, Advanced Placement – Studio Art 2D)   
  • Co-Designed the Art Curriculum for Ilago’s Artspace, Chennai, India 2010  

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Education

  • Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers CIDTT, Chennai, India 2011 
  • Acquired certification for Advanced Placement – Studio Art (AP Studio Art), The Taft School, Connecticut, USA, 2011 
  • Acquired certification for International Baccalaureate (IBDP) Diploma program at American School Bombay, Mumbai, India 2009 
  • MAFA Fine Arts, Lasalle College of Arts, Singapore, 2007-08  
  • Acquired artistic guidance under an eminent artist A.V. Ilango, Chennai, India, 2003 - 2007  
  • BA Fine Arts, Stella Maris College (Autonomous), Chennai, India, 2005   



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Awards and Grants


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Association of British Scholars Chennai – ABS Travel Grant for Artists to UK 2013  

Exhibitions and experiences


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  • ‘Madras Musings’ an all women group show, exhibited Painting and Installation, organized by Association of British Scholars, Chennai, August 2014   
  • ‘South Indian Art Exhibition’ a group show, exhibited Paintings and Installations, Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai, April 2014   
  • Showcased my work and gave a talk at the British Deputy High Commissioner’s Residence organized by Association of British Scholars, Chennai, March, 2014   
  • Attended the Creative Thinking and Self Expression workshop, Central Saint Martins College of Arts, London, UK, 2013   
  • Attended the Stone Lithography Printing workshop, London Print Studio, London, UK, 2013   
  • Attended the Photopolymer Printing workshop, London Print Studio, London, UK, 2013   
  • Designed and executed hand painted murals at the European International School, ECR Chennai, August 2013  
  • 'Framed' a group exhibition with 10 women artists, Ashvita Gallery, Mylapore, Chennai, March 2013   
  • ‘OPEN’ - Solo exhibition at Art Houz on Kasturi Rangan Road Chennai, February 2013   
  • ‘Who walks what flies’ a group exhibition of paintings and installations at the Kabir Festival, Bharath Nivas, Auroville, Pudhucherry, India, 2012   
  • Exhibited paintings at Crest Lobby of Ascendas IT Park Chennai, March 2012  
  • Exhibited paintings at Salon des Beaux – Arts, Lyon, France, 2011  
  • Judged the art competition – ‘Arty Sticks’ at Saarang IIT, Chennai, India 2011  
  • Conducted workshop on Creative Expressions in Art, Ilango’s Artspace, Chennai, India 2010  
  • Judged the poster making competition organized by Goethe Institute, Chennai, India 2010  
  • ‘Mapping invisible cities’ a group exhibition of photos, that includes all the South East Asian countries, organized by the Goethe-Institut, Indonesien, Galeri GoetheHaus, Jakarta, Indonesia 2008  
  • ‘At one’ a group exhibition of photos at Praxis Space, Lasalle College of Arts, Singapore, 2008  
  • Attended a photography workshop conducted by a German Photographer, Peter Bialobreszki, organized by the Goethe Institute in Lasalle College of Arts, Singapore, 2008    
  • ‘Voices’ a group exhibition of paintings, Vinnyasa Art Gallery, Alwarpet, Chennai, India, 2007    
  • Exhibiting paintings at Art Smart Gallery, Trivandrum, India, 2007    
  • Exhibited paintings at Salon des Beaux – Arts, Lyon, France, 2007  
  • Participated as a resident artist, Auro Dharn Gallery, Puducherry, India, 2006  
  • ‘Mahila- Past and Present’ a solo exhibition of paintings and installations, Lakshana Art Gallery, Mylapore, Chennai, India, 2006 
  • ‘Saga – the Women’ a group exhibition of paintings, Lakshana Art Gallery, Race Course Road, Bangalore, India, 2006  
  • Executed and designed the back drop for The Madras Players' production of Karnad's "Hayavadana", Chennai, India, 2006  
  • Exhibited paintings at the Art Exhibition of Stella Maris College, Amethyst, Gopalapuram, Chennai, India, 2005  
  • Worked as a part- time art teacher for children at a workshop organized by Ilango’s Artspace, Vedavalli Vidyalaya, Wallajapet, India, 2005.  
  • Worked as a part time art teacher for children at a summer camp organized by Dreamz and Trendz, PPN Thirukadaiyur, India, 2004-2005  
  • Exhibited paintings at the Concern India Foundation Charity Exhibition, Amethyst, Gopalapuram, Chennai, India, 2004       

Art and Art Education Consultation


Portfolio Development

Curriculum

Art and Design

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Portfolio Development for students looking to get admission in to Indian and Foreign Universities for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture Programs

Designing Visual Art and Design Curriculums for Schools and Organisations

Customised Art work and Paintings for Office space and Residence

Creative and Visual inputs for Organisations

Portfolio Development

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Portfolio Development for students looking to get admission in to Indian and Foreign Universities for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture Programs

Curriculum

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Designing Visual Art and Design Curriculums for Schools and Organisations

Art and Design

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Customised Art work and Paintings for Office space and Residence

Creative and Visual inputs for Organisations

Contact Me


Drop me a line!

Sandhya Gopinath

65B Defence Officers Colony Ekkatuthangal, Chennai, TN 600032, in

+919003024015

Hours

Monday - Saturday: By appointment

Sunday: Closed