Ravinder Ruprai

Ravinder Ruprai

Ravinder is an abstract painter who works mainly in acrylics on canvas and paper. Her paintings invite the viewer into binary worlds where layers of pattern and texture, drawn from her East Indian heritage, combine with nature, the body and the landscape. Her use of colour is rich, bold and dramatic.

Ravinder is a first generation immigrant, born in England and coming to Canada in 1975. Her parents owned their own textile manufacturing factories in both countries. This was the backdrop to Ravinder’s upbringing and attests to her use of pattern and ‘textiles’ in her paintings. Ravinder uses ‘stitching’ in her paintings, with wool, referencing her childhood environment but also as a nod to the extreme medical procedures she has undergone—notably her surgical scar.

Ravinder has an Honours B.A. in Fine Arts from McMaster University. Upon graduation, Ravinder immersed herself in the arts community in Hamilton, including regularly exhibiting her paintings and volunteering on art committees. She worked at the Art Gallery of Hamilton from 1997—1999, broadening her exposure to national artists, public collections and art education.

After a lengthy absence from painting, Ravinder was invited to have a solo show at The Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts in 2017. Following a cancer diagnosis and almost a year of treatment, the artist has spent the last few years focussing on and moving towards wholeness: mind, body and spirit. In this new group of work post cancer, the circle—a symbol of totality and wholeness, of perfection, of sacredness for Ravinder— has taken centre stage. It is this movement towards wholeness that informs Ravinder’s paintings.

Ravinder is an abstract painter who works mainly in acrylics on canvas and paper. Her paintings invite the viewer into binary worlds where layers of pattern and texture, drawn from her East Indian heritage, combine with nature, the body and the landscape. Her use of colour is rich, bold and dramatic.

Ravinder is a first generation immigrant, born in England and coming to Canada in 1975. Her parents owned their own textile manufacturing factories in both countries. This was the backdrop to Ravinder’s upbringing and attests to her use of pattern and ‘textiles’ in her paintings. Ravinder uses ‘stitching’ in her paintings, with wool, referencing her childhood environment but also as a nod to the extreme medical procedures she has undergone—notably her surgical scar.

Ravinder has an Honours B.A. in Fine Arts from McMaster University. Upon graduation, Ravinder immersed herself in the arts community in Hamilton, including regularly exhibiting her paintings and volunteering on art committees. She worked at the Art Gallery of Hamilton from 1997—1999, broadening her exposure to national artists, public collections and art education.

After a lengthy absence from painting, Ravinder was invited to have a solo show at The Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts in 2017. Following a cancer diagnosis and almost a year of treatment, the artist has spent the last few years focussing on and moving towards wholeness: mind, body and spirit. In this new group of work post cancer, the circle—a symbol of totality and wholeness, of perfection, of sacredness for Ravinder— has taken centre stage. It is this movement towards wholeness that informs Ravinder’s paintings.