Radha Sahar’s unique three dimensional paintings become alive as you move around the room. Nature is her theme, with natural materials such as flax, grasses and feathers often woven into the artwork by hand.
She has works in the New Zealand parliamentary collection as well as other public and private collections. Here is an article about her and her recent work.
Each twisted canvas is three artworks working together as one; a foreground painting, a painting on the rear side of the canvas, and a separate artwork affixed to the back. The painting is cut into strips, then twisted or woven. Radha then creates a separate artwork, often weaving with harakeke, (N.Z. flax), grasses, feathers, and other plant materials.
Snow Tussock 300x300
Her View of the Land 1500x1500
Little Harakeke 300x300
Little Weir 300x300
Little Fire Sky
Little Bronze Flax
Radha weaves canvas, flaxes, or grasses into canvas. She then uses specialised techniques to enhance the third dimension of the work. Varying light conditions and viewing positions will reveal changes in the painting's visual dynamics in subtle ways.
Harakeke Canvas 600x600
Her View of the People 1500x1500
New Works – Flax Gift Gallery, Main Street, Foxton, showing for three weeks; Tues 31st Oct - Sun 19th Nov. Artist talk: Sat 4th Nov 3:30 pm at the gallery
Twisted & Woven Canvases, Whanganui Open Studios, and Flax Gift Gallery, 2016
Aotearoa – the People the Land & the Sea, Upstairs Gallery, 2006
The Suter, Nelson, 2005
Taupo Museum, 2005
Spirituality in the Public Domain, Pataka Museum, 2004
Radha Sahar is based in Horowhenua, New Zealand where she lives and works alongside her husband, wood-worker and photographer Charles Bagnall. She works professionally in the fields of painting and music.
“I am interested in what it is that weaves us together as people of different cultures, and as people relating to, and dependent upon nature and the elements".
Born in Dunedin, Radha studied the arts in Otago before moving into a career in music composition and recording. Returning to painting, she is also studying Maori Visual Arts with Te Wananga O Aotearoa.