Visual Arts: Miniatures, Lantern Building

THE PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES

MINIATURES

MIXED MEDIA PAINTINGS BY
HARISH SALUJA

FEBRUARY 10-MARCH 19, 2017 | LANTERN BUILDING | 600 LIBERTY AVENUE

OPENING RECEPTION | FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10 | 5:30-10:00 PM

Pittsburgh, PA – The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is excited to announce the return of works by Harish Saluja. Saluja’s latest series, Miniatures, will be on display from February 10 through March 19, 2017 at the Lantern Building, 600 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. An opening reception will be held on Friday, February 10 from 5:30-10:00 p.m.

Saluja’s Miniatures are small (5×3 inches), abstract explosions of colors. The paintings are inspired by the traditional miniature art from India, dating back to the 17th century. Miniature paintings were small in size, but often quite colorful; the highlight being the intricate and delicate brushwork, creating a unique identity for each painting. Saluja has given this concept a modern interpretation. Infused with abstract complexities, the intricate patterns and bold colors energize the works and engage the viewer. Often the miniatures serve as a basis for much larger pieces of work, but are also complete pieces in their own right.

About Harish Saluja 
ARTnews’ Harry Schwalb once described Harish’s artwork style when he said, “Saluja sees the music’s endless patterns – which evolve simultaneously in repetitively strummed layers of tone and rhythm – as like colored threads, woven by the performer into a musical carpet.” This is because Harish’s paintings are based upon Ragas and jazz, both types of music that involved a building upon and meshing of different beats.

But this quotation not only describes Harish’s paintings, but his personal life as well. Growing up in the Indian state Punjab, Harish loved the exposure to the arts he received from his mother, who was a singer and writer. As a boy, he would ride his bike in any weather to go to the theater. During his early adult years, he made the decision to pursue a more secure future and attended the prestigious IIT, Kharagpur as a mining engineer major. Harish was already adding the first few layers of his life’s painting on the canvas. In 1971, Harish moved to New York City. He tried to fulfill his dream of being an artist, but soon found out that this does not always pay the bills. He then made the decision to move to Pittsburgh, where he was told that he would be able to find a job with his engineering background. Once he arrived, he found a job in a publishing company. Through hard work, Harish became a co-owner of the corporation. With a means of living, Harish was finally able to pursue his other dream of, as he once put, “changing the world through art.” He created beautiful paintings, many of which have been shown in galleries across the United States.

Filmmaker, entrepreneur and art doyen, Saluja is best known in the Pittsburgh art scene for his leadership of Silk Screen, an Arts and Culture Organization which celebrates Asian and Asian American culture through film festivals, art, dance and music. It is located in Pittsburgh, which Harish believes, will allow others to feel a bond with the city, just as he had. Through this latest endeavor he is building bridges to/from Asia.

He also started his own film company, New Ray Films, in 1995. Saluja’s film “The Journey” won several awards and was shown in more than 30 film festivals and distributed by IFC (Independent Film Channel).  The film featured two famous Indian actors, Roshan Seth and Seed Jaffrey, who also played in “Ghandi,” as well as Michael Emerson and Carrie Preston. It received many acclaiming reviews, the Audience Award for Best Film at the Florida Film Festival and the Best Independent Film award at the Cleveland Film Festival.

In addition to his nationally recognized work in art and film, Saluja is co-host of Music From India on WESA-90.5FM, which is the longest running radio program of its kind in the U.S. Saluja also formed Silk Sound, an Asian American Jazz ensemble whose album Sun Gate was judged to be among the best of the year by a critic in 2015. Outside of his artistic pursuits, Saluja is a 33-year veteran in the publishing industry.

For more information, please visit www.silkscreenfestival.org.

Lantern Building
Donated by PNC, the Lantern Building, located at 600 Liberty Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh, is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Gallery hours are Wed., Thurs. from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Fri., Sat. from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sun. from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit www.TrustArts.org.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Visual Arts
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is unique in the arts industry for its commitment to providing high-quality, contemporary visual and public art along with a robust performing arts schedule. The Trust owns and operates eight galleries, offering arts exhibits that are free and open to the public. In addition, the Trust showcases the visual arts through its popular Gallery Crawls and festival programming as well as through its outdoor parks that feature award-winning public art.  For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit www.TrustArts.org.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.

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