Serious business of art

Artist G. Murali with one of this favourite pieces titled Teamwork.

COMPETITION, conflict of interest, leadership and performance.

These are words often used in the working environment but ever wonder how they would be expressed through paintings?

In the hands of self-taught artist G. Murali from India, these serious business values are turned into uplifting works of art in simple lines and vivid colours.

A mechanical engineer by profession who is currently based in Kuala Lumpur, Murali said the message he wanted to convey through his exhibition, The Vibrant Notion, was that life was colourful and meaningful.

This piece depicts Competition and its positive effects.
This piece depicts Competition and its positive effects.

“Even though these are the values observed in the business world, I feel they can be applied to our day-to-day life.

“My message here is simple. These values show the beauty of life and I hope they can be embraced by people, especially those living in the cities, as I believe they can bring comfort to the soul,” he said.

Murali had held three exhibitions in India and this marks his first solo exhibition overseas.

He has loved painting from a young age and never stopped pursuing his passion despite choosing engineering as his profession.

This choice was motivated by his belief that visual art can “change minds, influence people and refine cultures by hitting the emotional chords of the viewer”.

Apart from being an artist, Murali is also a drummer, writer and short film maker.

This piece is titled Business Ethnics
‘Business Ethics’ is Murali’s version of the age-old principle of ‘see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil’.

The 18 pieces of art showcased in this exhibition were produced over six months.

In a way, the works are a culmination of what Murali feels about living in different cultural settings, including Oman, Qatar and Jordan.

“Malaysians are warm and welcoming people. They have inspired me a lot in my art,” he said.

The exhibition will run until July 13 at Project Room Fine Art.

The gallery is located at Lot 7, Level 4, Great Eastern Mall, Jalan Ampang. For details, call 03-4257 4007.


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