Ruchi Rai

Originally from India, Ruchi’s journey with colour and design started in New Delhi where she completed a 3 Year Diploma in Textile Design. While in India after finishing her course Ruchi gained some experience of free hand painting on silk and chiffon Sarees which was like creating an art on a large canvas!
Ruchi travelled around the world with her husband and explored different landscapes and cultures like Greece, Italy and Japan to name a few. In 1994 she moved to Australia with her husband and now calls Australia home. The amazing Australian landscapes and ocean and the rich and colourful textiles of India have been the main source of inspiration for her artworks in terms of use of colour and the softness and transparency of chiffon.
Ruchi mainly works with acrylics, washes and sometimes ink. She believes art is a way to express feelings and emotions that we feel towards people, nature and this beautiful earth that we live on.
Ruchi has been exploring with acrylics as she believes they are very versatile and easy to work with in terms of creating textures, depth and blending techniques. Ruchi believes in spontaneity and free flow of strokes. Each piece is started with some visual understanding of its flow and direction and as it progresses it takes its own path and slowly develops its own character, story and depth.
Ruchi has been painting full time for the last six years and her paintings have been well received by Private collectors in Australia and overseas.

Artist Statement
“Abstraction to me is no boundaries and a feeling of free spirit. There are no expectations, there are no intentional movements and no calculative brush strokes. Many times they are just happy accidents! It is a pure connection of body, mind and soul with the Colours, shapes and strokes. I always work one piece at a time from start to finish. Each piece is unique and requires a connection to happen for the creativity to flow and for the paintings to connect and talk to me. My favourite part and the most important is working with white and neutrals for softness and placing rich and bold Colours in together on the canvas creating a playful yet creative composition”.

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