Ganga 21 is the only UK presentation of oil paintings by Australian artist Kevin Pearsh, based on his experience travelling the Ganges.
If you're not familiar with the Ganges (pronounced Gan-jees), it is the river which runs alongside India and Bangladesh. The river rises in the western Himalayas in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, then finally flows to the Bay of Bengal.
Colourful and spiritual painting
The Ganges River is extremely important to the people of India as most of the people living on its banks use it for daily needs such as bathing and fishing. It is also significant to Hindus as they consider it their most sacred river.
The Ganges is steeped in history and has a significance to it's local natives, thus Pearsh has had somewhat of a task on his hand trying to capture the sheer scale, beauty, and spirituality surrounding this precious life-giving stretch of water.
Rather than focusing on the river, the 21 exhibition highlights life around the river, and actually, reminds me of the importance of the river in Disney's Pocahontas; life affirming, calming, and central to life.
The 21-canvas exhibition shows the vibrancy of the landscape but also conveys the religious significance of the river.