A Painter’s vision of the Art of Kintsugi
by Rajul Shah
I am an international artist inspired by the desire to find spiritual peace. Having spent many years in healthcare, I have witnessed strong connections between emotional and physical well-being and believe in the importance of sharing positive energy. I create escapes that offer a healing, meditative experience.
The Japanese art of kintsugi is a physical manifestation of resilience. Its purpose is to “repair,” and it emphasizes the beauty and utility of breaks and imperfections. Traditionally kintsugi is applied to pottery; my artworks are 2D representations of this concept.
My fascination with the art of kintsugi started with a ceramic/porcelain brush stand I bought while in Hong Kong. I had it shipped to my residence in Japan, but it arrived broken in a few places. Following the advice of my Nihonga-sensei, I asked a fellow classmate who was experienced in kintsukeroi if she would be able to mend it for me. She did a beautiful job, and I now own a very distinct piece of art, which is on loving display in my home.