Kavita Issar Batra
Kavita Issar Batra, is a British artist of Indian origin based in Singapore. She studied mixed media painting with Ruth Perez, pottery, water colours and stain glass window at the Hampstead Garden Surburb Insititute in the UK. Since relocating to Singapore in 2009, she spent three years under James Holdsworth tutelage. David Kelly, based between Singapore and Adelaide Australia, has been her Mentor for the past four years. Both very established artists and teachers. Kavita’s oeuvre spans oil, acrylic and mixed media painting, installation, print making, an element of performance and photography.
Kavita’s work is situated in her surroundings. The ‘Morning walk montage series’ began almost four years ago quite by chance as she found the detritus on the sidewalks and roads was almost demanding her attention. Every morning on her walks in her local area, she captures images of the natural and urban detritus that attracts her attention on her iPhone camera. Sometimes she carries pieces back to her studio to study or incorporate in her art making processes. This has become part of her natural rhythms and so the ‘ritual’ continues even when travelling. It is a practice and study of it’s own but also central to and underpins her painting and other art making processes. It is about sharing the wonder; nothing is plucked or altered. It is also about community to this effect a page on Facebook titled ‘Morning Walk Montage series’ is the repository for the images with accompanying observations and musings. All images are taken with her iPhone camera to preserve the spontaneity of the moment.
Kavita has participated in a few group art exhibitions in Singapore. Last October she had a very successful solo exhibition ‘Of Time, the Elements and their Essence’ at Intersections. She brought out a book of the same title, a selection of the morning walk montages and how they translate into her paintings. One of her paintings is the cover for a Collection of short stories by Ashwini Devare titled ‘Batik Rain’.
Her artworks are in private collections in the UK, USA, Dubai, India, Australia, Philippines and Singapore.