Govinda Sah

The universe rolls on despite our ignorance, and all we can do is marvel at its infinite complexity. My work portrays those transcendent energies surrounding us all, of which we too make up a small part.

Professional Photographer

Based in South Africa. Available Worldwide.
These are some of my photography awards




About Me

Painting is my main practice. Originally, I painted in a traditional, figurative style, documenting landscapes, temples and other scenes around Kathmandu using water colours. I’d practiced with oil paints, and my master told me to concentrate on water-colours, in order to understand how colours combine. Later, I returned to oils and acrylic paints, which is what I mainly use – sometimes in conjunction with smoke – for my present work, which operates somewhere between representation and abstraction.

My paintings have developed by a meditative process of layering over time, and, today, show little resemblance to my early work, although I can still see links. Over the years, besides painting, I’ve experimented with other materials in installations, for instance, cotton wool, glass and mirrors. During Nepal’s decade-long Maoist uprising, I cycled across the country on a three-month tour titled “The 21st century is the Century of Art and Peace”, making over 80 works, some of which I later burned publicly in protest. I created several performance art pieces as a means of communicating directly with people in the streets.

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Some of my favorite pictures

Govinda's intention in his work is to demonstrate the invisible by means of the visible. In other words, in visually depicted cloud movements he attempts to paint invisible concepts such as morality, the environment, the sublime and spirituality. Almost every religion has adopted clouds as symbols of creation, fertility or heaven. In this there is commonality between religions. His MA thesis was entitled "Can clouds re-established the symbolic interpretation of spirituality and sublime contemporary art?" The paper examined how artists from JMW Turner to contemporary artist Anish Kapoor have used clouds to represent spirituality or the sublime. His choice of subject matter began with landscape and temples from his country, Nepal and even included a three month solo cycle tour of Nepal. However, while painting the Annapurna Mountain range from Pokhara he experienced a sublime sun rise. Clouds that began like small bubbles eventually filled the sky. The subject of his paintings from that moment changed.

His works also suggest an infinite universe, this invisible space portrayed by the visible cloud. This echoes a Hindu proverb that says that God is in everything living and non-living; in the earth or the sky. His presence is everywhere and nothing is in his absence. Govinda began to paint that god of the gap, this space, this emptiness or dark matter. Author Anthony Blake has said of his work, "His very tangible, textured, exquisite and astonishing canvases are windows into primordial worlds and the mystery of how nothing becomes something". -
- Dr. Lynn Gamwell