Raj Kaur (Fabelist)

Title: Saraswati
mixed media on paper


Title: Distant Dreams
mixed media on paper


Title: Amy (tribute)
mixed media on paper


Title: Tribute
mixed media on paper


Raj Kaur is a fine artist and graphic designer living and working in London. She has now been exhibiting her artwork since 2008 with a strong and nurturing beginning at the bi-annual Redlees Open Studios, West London, at The Other Art Fair – November 2011 and at The Imprint Festival as part of a group show by The Fabelists.

Raj graduated from Central St. Martins in 2000 and has since, successfully balanced her work as a graphic designer with her studio practice developing her artwork. Previously an artist in residence at Redlees Studios - West London, she now 
works from her own studio space.

‘I was continually drawing as a child. I then trained as a graphic designer after being encouraged to develop commercial design skills. I have always found my work to be intellectually stimulating, satisfying, and enjoyed the logical application of design. However, after reaching a certain level of seniority in my profession, I realized I was truly missing accessing and engaging my instinct. I realized I was yearning to be creative for the purpose of exploration rather than purely for problem solving. As a result I have been doing life drawing workshops and classes for the last 5 years or so.’

Raj’s figurative drawings on paper strive to capture the essence, energy and spirit
 of the human experience through the exploration of movement and expressive mark making. Taking inspiration from her Indian heritage, she experiments with and injects her work with hot, vibrant colour that works in contrast to a natural earthy palette, derived from more traditional media.

Music plays an integral part of Raj’s working process. The life models she works with have usually trained in a a specific dance discipline or bodywork, and allow poses to ‘emerge’ from their own interpretation of the music played. Each drawing session is unique and the methods used are about a process of ‘discovery’ and engagement between artist and model to produce surprising, tender and often emotional works.

‘I'm deeply moved and excited by how the living, breathing energy of human movement can transfer from my eyes and hands onto the static paper in front of me. Many drawings may be discarded in the observation/creation process, but if the emotion and essence is successfully captured, the viewer will resonate with the piece on a level that they may simply not be able to explain. It’s just being human.’

From 2009, Raj has been mentored by renowned figurative artist Bella Pieroni, who was tutored by former students of the visionary artist Cecil Collins. Raj attended Pieroni’s unique brand of dynamic life drawing workshop - Lively Life in early 2009 and since then, has become part of the core production team behind the workshops.
Other inspirations also include the work of the British sculptor Anthony Gormley, The choreography of Akram Kahn and his collaborational work with musician Nitin Sawhney. Raj is currently striving to expand her working practice on every level: - from the media and music she works with, through to the cultural and artistic origins of the models and dancers she is forging new connections with.

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Central Saint Martins School of Art
BA Hons, Graphic Design
1997 – 2000
Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London
Foundation in Art & Design
1996 – 1997
Kingston College
A Levels (Art, History, Sociology)
1994 – 1996

D.O.B – 19.04.78

Raj Kaur is an artist and graphic designer living and working in London. Raj graduated from Central St. Martins in 2000 and has since successfully balanced her work as a senior designer and creative director with her studio practice developing her artwork. Raj creates dynamic, mixed media life drawings on paper and has recently been invited to exhibit her work as part of The Fabelist Group at The Imprint Festival and at The Other Art Fair for their debut year Nov 2011. Previously an artist in residence at Redlees Studios – West London, she now works from her own studio space

2012 – Jan The Imprint Festival The Fabelist Group Show

2011 – Nov
The Other Art Fair The Bargehouse, SouthBank SE1 www.theotherartfair.com

2008 – 2011
Redlees Open Studios Bi-annual show – Isleworth, West London www.redlees.org