The two floors of Gallery 78 are presently adorned with the works of many artists that break the realms of conventional form and enter into the boundless extents of freedom of expression with a marked talent and striking stance. Although the artists come from different professional backgrounds, they excel in bringing forth strong, symbolic and spiritually charged works.
One of them, Amit Das is a trained fashion designer. His works unveil the intensity of simplified geometrical forms to reach contemporary, personalised mandalas. The works of professional artist Arpita Bhavasar are equally intriguing — prominently transparent, fluid and unveiling the most intimate revelations.
“While working on the concept of the show, I wanted to collate the unrealistic, minimalistic and abstract works of artists from different cities together,” says the curator of the show Sangeeta Gupta. Recently retired as Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Delhi, Sangeeta is a prolific poet, filmmaker and artist. Her exhibited works are from the series titled, Songs of the Cosmos and are based on the realisation and celebration of the Universal energy. The richly textured surfaces are infused with a streak of vivacity, full of life and throbbing with vigour.
Similarly, meditative and spiritually inclined works by local artist Hanumanth Rao Devulapalli intrigue the viewer by their vast expanses and deep, subtly undulating spaces. “My work is basically my experiences in meditation, an abstract interpretation of contemplative imageries and forms that move constantly through the layers of Elysian passages in my own sanities. When I capture the evanescent images that reside in the far reaches of the mind onto the canvas, every stroke is a discovery,” he explains.
Another Hyderabad-based artist who is also working as a manager in the Anti-corruption Bureau, Sastry Sanyasayya talks about his work. “As an abstract artist, I believe that art is not something remote, but life itself. Painting for me is a spiritual activity like meditation; to portray nature is portraying life as a means through which inner consciousness dwells and finds a place in absolute bliss,” he explains. His works are rich in textural juxtapositions that spread throughout the picture surface. The manner in which he balances the space infuses a sense of harmony into his works.
Yet another artist, Neena Singh works with a combination of opaque and transparent colour applications. Alongside the dripping fluid colour flows, thick hues are juxtaposed to reach interesting abstract realms. An IRS (Indian Revenue Services) officer, she shares her thoughts about her art, “In my profession, I have the compulsion to operate within embedded structures, painting is quite a liberating experience for me as it allows me to be spontaneous and intuitive.”
Equally fascinating works by Neetu Singhal with their vibrantly hued, thick impasto strokes imbibe a tactile quality and appeal. The geometric, simplified compositions look like mandalas and the embedded textural aspect initiates a sense of flow of energy. Amazingly, a few of her works resemble microorganisms when seen from the lens of a microscope as she has a strong connection with science, having worked as a research analyst on blood cancer in organisations and hospitals. “By amalgamating my passion for art and science together, I am planning to do research on bio-art aesthetics, for which I am leaving for Boston in a few days,” she shares.