By Samuel Getachew
The self-described “prolific painter”, AnuVittal had a great sold out opening for her month long art show in the trendy neighbourhoods of Queens East and Broadview last Thursday. Her show is expected to have a month long run inside Kalamkaar House. If the crowd that came to her opening is any indication, it seems, the young ambitious South Asian artist is fast becoming a successful mainstream Canadian artist.
If art is indeed an effort that knows no borders, Vittal’s work is reaching beyond the South Asian Canadian crowd and to thousands of Canadians from many communities. She is fast becoming a powerful role model and ambassador to the vibrant South Asian communities in the GTA.
For the personable artist, she finds her passion and determination in color and that “each of my pieces will vividly remind you of seas and sunsets and hues of emotions as we traverse this journey of my life”. Being witness to her work is to believe those words as her art is unique and she is slowly yet surely becoming a recognizable face in the Canadian art world.
The board of director of the Sampradaya Dance Creations, Access and Festival Director of the Mosiac Festival and once honored with the Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award, LataPada,has had her work exhibited to an international audience. Vittal has exhibited her work with the prestigious ArtExpressions Gallery in Dubai, UAE to here at home with the Bedroom Series, Impressions Art Gallery in Toronto.
She has even used her art to highlight worthy world affairs such as the Haitian Earthquake in 2010 as well as raise money for South Asian causes here in the GTA.
Her official biography describes her as someone with a “vivid imagination who combines her passion for colors; bring to life artworks that aim to inspire creativity in all who view them”. She also describes herself as an artist who “likes working with mixed media and uses varied materials from sarees, wood chips, glass, dried foliage and jewelry to add textures to her works”. According to her, she also “incorporates poetry into her paintings which brings a third dimension to the visual creations”.
Her exhibit titled – Color Collage – Mixed Media on canvas will run until November 19th at 653 Queen Street East.