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The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is excited to announce the return of works by Harish Saluja. Saluja’s latest series, Miniatures, are small (5x3 inches) abstract, explosions of colors. The paintings are inspired by traditional miniature art from India, dating back to the 17th century. Miniature paintings were small in size, but often quite colorful. The highlight of the paintings being the intricate and delicate brushwork, lending each painting a unique identity. Saluja has given this concept a modern, abstract 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 complete pieces in their own right.
About Harish Saluja
Filmmaker, entrepreneur and art doyen Harish Saluja is best known in the Pittsburgh art scene for his leadership of Silk Screen, which celebrates Asian and Asian American culture through film festivals, art, dance and music. Saluja’s film The Journey won several awards and was shown in more than 30 film festivals and distributed by IFC (Independent Film Channel).
In addition to his nationally recognized artwork, Saluja is co-host of Music From India on Essential Public Media WESA 90.5FM, which is the longest running radio program of its kind in the U.S. In addition to his artistic pursuits, Saluja is a 33-year veteran in the publishing industry. Through his latest endeavor Silk Screen, an Arts and Culture Organization, he is building bridges to/from Asia.
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 involve 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 he received of the arts 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 purse 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.
He also started his own film company New Ray Films in 1995. His film, “The Journey” featured two famous Indian actors, Roshan Seth and Saeed Jaffrey; who were also in “Gandhi”. The film also featured Michael Emerson and Carrie Preston.The film received acclaim reviews, the Audience Award for Best Film at the Florida Film Festival and the Best Independent Film award at the Cleveland Film Festival. Harish’s love of cinema has not ended with New Ray Films. It was expanded and is now manifested within his non-profit organization, Silk Screen. Silk Screen celebrates Asian and Asian American culture through film festivals, art, dance, music, and other events. It is located in Pittsburgh, which Harish believes, will allow others to feel a bond with the city, just as he had.
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.
• February 10th - March 19th
• Opening reception: February 10th from 5:30-10 PM
• Lantern Building - 600 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (Google Maps)
For more information, please visit: silkscreenfestival.org -or- Facebook