MY BULL ARRIVES AT THE DANUBE FROM SHOSHONE THROUGH THE GANGES

Closing Bid: S$ 900.00

OPEN DATE: 10 May 2014, 10:00am
CLOSING DATE: 27 June 2014, 8:30pm

About the Artwork

The Medium Density Fibreboard Büffel with the exotic title My Bull arrives at the Danube from Shoshone through the Ganges was an exciting challenge as it provided an opportunity to venture away from Jayanthi Menon's comfort zone with the canvas. Menon shows her personal connection to the bull, with memories of the bison she once saw in the plains of Wyoming. "Huge and menacing yet fast and fearful. At the same time, the bull in the Indian context is sacred, overworked and thus fragile" she testifies. The final creation is a multi-faceted creature worthy of respect and recognition. One side of the Büffel figurine bares the spots of a cheetah to depict the under-estimated speed of the bull, as well as the swift ascent of the Braun Büffel brand in the leather world. The other black and white striped side of the Büffel figurine is an animal of the vast plains just like the zebra. The sacred Indian bull is depicted in ocean blue, a colour often associated with one of the Hindu deities, Lord Krishna. And finally, the German origin of the Braun Büffel is depicted in the colours of the German flag the red, yellow and black.

Bidding Information

OPEN DATE: 10 MAY 2014
CLOSING DATE: 27 JUNE 2014

Closing Bid: S$ 900.00

About the Artist

Jayanthi Menon was born to a traditional Malayalee family in Singapore. Her foray into the art world began in 2005 when she joined the Arts Students League of New York. It was then, for the first time after 26 years, that she picked up painting brushes again and rediscovered the joy of mixing colours and transforming a white canvas. This unleashed the dormant passion to paint and has never looked back since. Menon studied basic drawing with Leonard Titzer, who gave her a solid foundation in perspectives. Later that year she enrolled in watercolourist classes at the Art Student's League of New York, followed by classes in oil painting. Menon has actively exhibited her work in New York since 2007, and more recently in Singapore at the Affordable Art Fair 2013.

Menon's work is versatile in subjects and varied in style. Her lack of conformity stems from her background, juxtaposing her Indian culture with others in multi-cultural Singapore, and then globetrotting the world as an adult. Whilst her experience and exposure to diversity have contributed largely to her inability to develop a signature style or to use only a particular medium, that same experience and exposure are what dictate the bold colours that she tends to work onto her canvas.