ARTIST STATEMENT / BIOGRAPHY
I am a rebel exploring originality, boldness and simplicity. I aim for spontaneity, each work progressing in its own direction.I capture the energy of the moment choosing vivid colours, striking composition using software, camera, digital tablet and pen.
My upbringing compels me to explore cultures and perspectives. I celebrate the human condition and my feelings direct the work; they reveal me and shape my visual language.
I hope you are inspired.
In my commercial career, I have shot over 100 magazine covers and work with some of Canada's largest private and public corporations.
INSTALLATIONS & INVITATIONS
2015 April "Art Across The Pacific" Group Show, Burnaby Art Gallery and Deer Lake Gallery.
2014 Nov -Dec "Digital Imagery Exhibition" Group Show FCA Gallery, Vancouver
2014 April "International Eco and Humanities Arts Group Exhibition"Art Museum of Guiyang China
2013 Nov 24-Dec 1 "Intersections" collaborative work at Roundhouse Center, Vancouver, BC
2013 Oct 1- Nov 2 "Dance Series" Scotia bank Dance Center, Vancouver BC
2013 Sept 13 - Nov 4, "Curbside" , Solo Show, Amelia Douglas Gallery, New Westminster BC
2013 April 13 - June 13 , "Spectacular Sangeet" , Group Show at Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey BC
2013 Feb 8 Mar 2 "Dreaming of the Present", Solo Show at Deer Lake Gallery, Burnaby BC
2012 July 14-20 "Ron Sangha Digital Art" Solo Show at Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver, BC
2012 April 13- 15 Artist Guild Group Show, at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby, BC
China Newspaper story
China Press Release
Spectacular Sangeet opens at Surrey Art Gallery
Ron Sangha (his piece Mandala 2 Dancers A, B, C shown above) is one of eight artists displaying their work in the latest Surrey Art Gallery show, Spectacular Sangeet. Below is Chila Kumari Burman's digital photo collage, Punjabi Rockers and an image from Oliver Husain's HD film, Item Number. Artist Meera Margaret Singh, also pictured below, will give a free talk prior to the exhibit's opening reception on April 13.
Talking 'Curbside' with Ron Sangha Artist Sangha takes over the Amelia Douglas Gallery
By Angela Espinoza, Arts Editor
Starting September 13, the first new Amelia Douglas Gallery exhibit of the semester will be available for students to experience. Curbside features the digital artworks of Ron Sangha, who puts an emphasis on photographing everyday situations, whether they're in Vancouver or all the way over in India, and then applying digital visual techniques to the works.
"I use a digital pen and software to create and composite most of the visuals," Sangha explains. "I started with a strong interest in painting, and then I went into a commercial career in photography [spanning] the last 22 years. I do a lot of travelling and a lot of corporate stuff for various companies, and in the last… maybe seven years, I've pursued the art in a personal way. In the last… two years, I've pursued it [personal reflection] in a more public way."
While Curbside presents only a select two collections of Sangha's works, his style remains true through his many pieces. Sangha will take photos of people in various situations, and then apply a unique blend of techniques to the image to create his work. The result oftentimes borders on psychedelic, as many aspects of the images become gently blurred or distorted, while the rest of the work remains largely bright and colourful, regardless of the time of day or setting. The works are capped off with Sangha's use of compositing.
"Originally, I started working with [combining] photography and painting, and compositing was limited at that [time]… then it eventually became more composite-oriented. I pursued it [the works] documentary-style because [that was] my approach."
Of Sangha's many series, the two presented at the Amelia Douglas Gallery are "Curbside India" and "Curbside Vancouver."
"The 'Curbside India' series will be displayed in the foyer outside the gallery," Sangha explains, "and that's more [about]… defocusing and removing excessive details, sort of like how the mind remembers an event, emphasizing certain aspects. Then in the 'Curbside Vancouver,' some of the work incorporates some compositing, for instance [the image "Detained"] on the [event] poster, I've composited parts of myself into some of the characters in the work, and some elements I've brought in from other images from similar perspectives. The Curbside series is work that's usually from a street perspective."
Sangha went on to elaborate on where his inspiration for the works often comes from. In a time now where not just travel but online media gives us all a glimpse into other parts of the world, other cultures, and how others live, Sangha is interested in the connection between all of us, and reflects this in his work by compositing pieces from other images seamlessly into final pieces.
"Recently I've been trying to explore myself, what are my biggest fears, and what are my biggest concerns," Sangha continues. "What I was hoping for people to get out of [visiting the exhibit] is an awareness of the connectedness. One of the things I sort of enjoy is rediscovery, in a scientific way, [on] how we're all connected as people, and [how we share] a greater compassion and connection with others. All the work comes from a sense of beauty or self-reflectance… that was the goal."
Curbside opens Friday, September 13, with an Artist's Talk with Sangha at 10 a.m. in the Amelia Douglas Gallery, followed later in the day by an opening reception from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Guiyang China Exhibition