Yearly Archives: 2009

/2009

“Golden Moments” Series

I have been fascinated by Persian and Mughal miniature paintings from the Indian sub-continent since childhood. I used to look at them in books for hours during my school years. At the Fine Arts College in Hyderabad I copied a few and created some new compositions closely based on them. But then I moved away [...]

By |November 12th, 2009|Flow of Thoughts|Comments Off on “Golden Moments” Series

Celebration of Calligraphy

My new series, “Celebration of Calligraphy,” started in spring 2009 after the publication of my book The Lyrical Line: Embracing All and Flowing. The book had been my dream for ten years while I was working intensely on several themes in my artwork. Once the book was published, I could stand back and think: “Now [...]

By |November 11th, 2009|Flow of Thoughts|1 Comment

Tikkun Daily: Lord Krishna Dances In

The Hindu Lord Krishna began to dance his way back into Salma Arastu’s paintings, years after her conversion to Islam. How and why did it happen? I wanted to tell this story in “Painting Past Borders,” my article in the July/August issue of Tikkun, but didn’t have the space Looking through Arastu’s beautiful [...]

By |July 12th, 2009|Media|1 Comment

Salma Arastu in Tikkun Daily

“Abstract people dance across her giant canvasses, which hover and throb with rich colors and an aching sense of peace,” wrote Alana Price of Indian-born artist Salma Arastu in the current Tikkun (on newsstands now). A Hindu by upbringing and a Muslim by marriage, Arastu has been deeply influenced by the flowing lines of Arabic [...]

By |July 10th, 2009|Media|Comments Off on Salma Arastu in Tikkun Daily

Hyphenated Spirit: Salma Arastu: born with faith and art in her heart

Salma Arastu has been painting for thirty some years. Born into Sindhi and Hindu tradition in India, she later embraced Islam through her marriage. She has traveled extensively and lived in various countries--India, Iran, Kuwait, UK, Germany and finally the US, where she moved in 1987. In her work, she tries to bring [...]

By |May 28th, 2009|Media|1 Comment

SPAN Magazine: Achievers – Salma Arastu: Conveying Artful Messages

Salma Arastu's art tells a story. She does not plan it that way but says, "Somehow the messages start appearing as I work. These messages are of love, peace, sharing and celebration of life." Born into a Hindu family in Rajasthan and married to a Muslim, Arastu uses an exquisite combination of painting and calligraphy [...]

By |April 24th, 2009|Media|Comments Off on SPAN Magazine: Achievers – Salma Arastu: Conveying Artful Messages

SF Art News: Alternatives in Alternative Spaces – Kalart Gallery

Kalart Gallery Kalart began its existence as a traditional gallery in the late 90’s.  It was founded by San Francisco architect, Arvind Iyer.  With the dot.com bust in 2001, Mr. Iyer decided to focus his efforts on his core architectural business.  He rented out the space to another gallery.  With the recent re-location of that [...]

By |April 21st, 2009|Media|Comments Off on SF Art News: Alternatives in Alternative Spaces – Kalart Gallery

India Currents Feature: Artist and Book Author Salma Arastu Talks About Her Work

Having lived in India, Iran, Kuwait and the U.S. (currently in Berkeley), born to one faith and married into another, artist Salma Arastu a product of many hues of soil, cultures, and expressive mediums. With the recent publication of The Lyrical Line: Embracing All and Flowing, a collection of her artwork of the [...]

By |March 31st, 2009|Media|Comments Off on India Currents Feature: Artist and Book Author Salma Arastu Talks About Her Work