Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Salma Arastu's prayer paintings coming to Saint Louis

"Peace - Greeting from the Beneficent Lord" (2013) by Salma Arastu. Al-Quran 36:58
MISSOURI---Inspired by the Quran, and drawing on her Hindu and Muslim background, Salma Arastu combines expertise in Arabic calligraphy with Abstract Expressionism and Color Field painting. Her large, evocative canvases which invite viewers into quiet contemplation on sacred texts will be on view this fall at the Museum of Contemporary Religious Arts in Saint Louis. Raised in Hinduism, Arastu later embraced Islam through her marriage.

Museum of Contemporary Religious Arts: "Salma Arastu: Painting Prayers exhibition" (September 13 - December 6, 2015); 3700 West Pine Mall Blvd. (a pedestrian mall) on the campus of Saint Louis University (SLU), St. Louis, MO; (314) 977-7170; slu.edu/mocra