Rajpal Kaur Dayan

Rajpal Kaur Dayan.

Malaysian-born of Northern Indian heritage from the City of Ipoh, Perak, West Malaysia. Emigrated with my family to Australia in 1989, and now a proud Australian.

Attended Marian Convent and Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus in my hometown. Art certificates achieved through the Lower Certificate of Education in 1983 and the Malaysian Certificate of Education in 1985 for Botanical, Still Life, Landscape and Textile Printing. Completed certificates in Dressmaking; Floral Artistry; City and Guilds 418 in Information Processing and Computer Programming from the London Institute Apprenticeship with local industry; and Book-keeping with London Chamber of Commerce and Industry between 1985 and 1989.

Matriculated at Kensington Adult TAFE in Norwood in South Australia in 1990. Studied part time and created floral arrangements for private functions and designed websites between 1991 and 1996 to fund my education. Tutored evening classes in Information Technology 1 and earned a Bachelor of Science majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics in 1998 and two Postgraduate degrees in Information Technology from Flinders University of South Australia in 2011 and Monash University of Victoria in 2017. In 2014, successfully completed ‘Art and Creativity’ and ‘The Internet and Everyday Life’ through Curtin University. Attended art classes at the Pepper Street Art Gallery at City of Burnside and GalleryOne at City of Mitcham since 2015. Presented with the “2017 Annual Students, Participants and Members Exhibition Commendation Award for Student Representational Art Prize” at GalleryOne.
Continues to proudly serve in South Australian Private Industry and Public Service work force. Currently curating web and gallery space for GalleryOne at Mitcham.  Student of the Adelaide Central School of Art in the Bachelor of Visual Art.

What is kind of art and craft do you specialise in and your preferred mediums?

Oils painting; watercolours paintings; mixed mediums; colour pencils; embroidery, computer graphics on Photoshop and PaintShop Pro; and wood burnings. I am also involved in curating web spaces for the World Wide Web.

What inspires you and what motivates you to be an Artist and teach art at GalleryOne?

The process and freedom to express creativity is meditative and relaxing. Being able to compose and tell my stories and experiences, to communicate in my own unique way. It is a hobby, I enjoy after work, on holidays and on the weekends.

Also, define your styles/genre and versatility in approach.

I adopted a stylistic approach which is both modern and allows variation in my compositions.

What you would like to inspire in future Artist and students? How do you believe/think your Art has been a cultural contribution to enrich the Mitcham community?

An avenue to explore and develop your talents to contribute to the cultural identity within a community. Mitcham community has a rich and established cultural heritage since the City of Mitcham Council was formed. Coming from a new migrant background, I hope to contribute some of my cultural heritage and wisdom in Art to Mitcham community because I think, it is important to hand down what we know to the future generations and to make a mark in Mitcham community cultural history.



Little House in Burra, South Australia
Medium: Oil Painting

Best Feathers Forward
Peacocks at the Cataract Gorge in Launceston, Tasmania
Medium: Oil Painting

The Emperor’s View (in-progress)

A view of the Taj Mahal from Agra Fort where the Emperor was house imprisoned by his son, who claim that his father was unfit to rule after the death of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal.  In 2017, I visited Agra Fort and stood on this balcony from where the Emperor had a view of the Taj from the courtyard of the Fort at dusk.

Medium: Oil Painting

A Morning Walk in the Adelaide Hills
Medium: Watercolour painting

Cottage Gardens (below)
A historical depiction of the plants in the cottages that were demolished for the development of the road expansion from Torrens to Torrens Park.Medium: Watercolour painting

Botanical Art
Medium: Coloured Pencils
Mopy: My pet fish
Medium: Freehand with a mouse and keyboard. Computer painting with Adobe Photoshop
Postcard size: The Rocking Horse
Medium: Pine wood, wood burners and oils paints