Currently going on at the University of Malaya Art Gallery is the second solo exhibition by renowned Malaysian artist Sivam Selvaratnam. The show is entitled Rapt in Maya and one can expect some of the most compelling artwork from this veteran artist who will be bringing you back to memory lane through her exemplary paintings and body of work.
The show will reflect 50 years of achievement in the arts by Sivam where it was launched and officiated by former Universiti Malaya vice-chancellor Royal Professor Ungku Aziz Ungku Abdul Hamid.
The 75 year old artist will be exhibiting all types of artwork she had previously worked in throughout her career that spanned across 50 years.
This means that there would be showcases of her textile work, nature, chromatic abstraction and raga genres that have been produced and made since 1960. It would be a truly unique art exhibition from Sivam whose first solo exhibition dates back to 1971 when it was held the British Council, Kuala Lumpur.
Apart from marking her 50 years in the arts, this is also the year of her 50th wedding anniversary which makes it all the more special. If you havent already know, Sivam has been very active in the art scene where she is one of the pioneering members of the Wednesday Art Group founded by Peter Harris who was the Art superintendent of the Federation of Malaya in 1952.
As an artist, Sivam holds a qualification in Fine Arts from the Manchester College of Art and Design and a Masters in Art and Design Education from the University of London. Her earlier works were highly influenced by the likes of nature studies where she draws them through her childhood memories of rural Kajang and other places which can be seen through her work like Elegance in Blue, Evolving 2 and others.