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Manu Song

Portrait of Manu Song

I was first introduced to the wonder of batik as a visiting musician to The Gambia, West Africa, where I instantly identified with batik as a cultural art form that I wanted to explore.

Since then my wax pot has been one of the things that has always come with me wherever I have lived and over the years as well as exhibiting my work and teaching professionally I have also shared batik with many friends and family members and batik has increasingly become part of my family life.

My paintings reflect my passion for the glorious and colourful diversity of People and Planet serving as an ally to my musical creations invoking words and images that are sympathetic to people in their efforts to survive in a rapidly changing world.

My work as a Community Artist has got really exciting over recent years and I've been working collaboratively with many diverse groups - from primary school children to young adults who are not in education or employment, from Grandparents to people with physical, emotional and educational challenges.  Creating group pieces has proven to be deeply rewarding and the collaborative efforts yield wonderful results.

Most recently, I have been revisiting an exploration of light through batik with my daughter, Amber Song, who is also a batik artist.  We have been creating hand made batik lampshades - an idea I first experimented with almost 40 years ago.  This time, I'm also creating the lamps by recrafting salvaged antique furniture to complement the original batik shades.

Artworks by Manu
Image entitled “Through the Window- A World of Pattern” - Group piece
“Through the Window- A World of Pattern” - Group piece
Batik on Cotton
240cm x 105cm
Image entitled
"Fantasy Flower Forest"-Group Piece
Batik on Cotton
240cm x 105cm
Image entitled  “Mandala” - Group piece
“Mandala” - Group piece
Batik on Cotton
100cm x 100cm
Image entitled “Space” - Group Piece
“Space” - Group Piece
Batik on cotton
100cm x 550cm
Image entitled “Determination” - Group Piece
“Determination” - Group Piece
Batik on Cotton
80cm x 80cm
Image entitled Portraits for Peace - Judy
Portraits for Peace - Judy
Image entitled Oumar
Image entitled  “Light through Batik” - Lampshades
“Light through Batik” - Lampshades
Batik on cotton, Lamps - from recrafted antique furniture. 2018

Photo of Manu Song
Manu is a Batik Guild member
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