Time: May 25, 2013 at 3pm to May 27, 2013 at 8pm
Location: AMBEDKAR Hall, SOUTHALL
Street: 12 Featherstone Road UB2 5AA
City/Town: London UK
Website or Map: http://www.ealingnetwork.org.…
Event Type: exhibition
Organized By: Kanwal Dhaliwal
Latest Activity: Mar 18, 2013
Painted by Kanwal Dhaliwal as the subject of his latest series of paintings, ‘The Valiant Ones’ is a set of personality portraits of unique individuals, lived on the Indian soil, in the country’s recent history. Initiated in 2008 with the portrait of Gaihal Singh Chhajjalwadi, an obscure martyr, slaughtered by his own kind, a bizarre victim of the religious brutality, which was the legacy of India’s partition, Kanwal has kept on choosing, controversial in their own respect but certainly such humanistic personalities, who were either the victim of unjust socio-political system or the ones who challenged such a system, or both. Where there are writers, poets, social activists, freedom fighters and scholars in his selection, there also are ordinary souls who became extraordinary, simply being subjected to endure the suffering and humiliation of a kind, beyond the human imagination. Whoever they may have been as regards to their contribution in the history of humankind, they share one common characteristic, that is, dare to challenge the set norms, taboos, authority of tradition and establishment; through whatever means they had, intellect or arms or both. This common characteristic becomes the inspiration for the artist to pay his homage to these heroes/ heroines, who are stuck between the definition of ‘unsung’ and ‘celebrated’.
A dozen of his finished works are displayed in this show, however Kanwal Dhaliwal is determined to carry on painting the lives of similarly valiant individuals as many as he could in his physical capacity.