Uma J: Artist Spotlight

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Art and Memories with Uma J

I came across Uma J on Tumblr, her work opened the flood gates of my memory.  It brought me back to my childhood; growing up in the cultural melting pot that is Guyana. Uma’s work takes me back to the twinkling diya’s on a dark Diwali night or the spray of colourful powders (abeer) on Phagwah day. (aka Holi)

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Uma’s illustrations are filled with bold colours and are the perfect blend of intricacy and mystery. Uma gives her illustrations interesting and often humorous captions.  However, I believe what draws the viewer in; is Uma’s decision to leave out the facial features in each of her pieces, this enhances the experience of the viewer by sparking your imagination.

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Uma J is an illustrator and environmentalist from Australia and her work is inspired by Sri-Lankan tradition.  You can view more of her work on her Tumblr page.  You can also purchase a print from her etsy store or follow her work on Instagram.

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Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.-Thomas Merton

and Uma’s work allowed me to do that.

xoxo

Gina

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