“Art isn’t only a painting. Art is anything that’s creative, passionate, and personal. And great art resonates with the viewer, not only with the creator. Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another.” — Seth Godin
There were two art events held in the city which were as fresh as the flowers in full bloom right now. While one was an art show by various creative talents from the north, both events were held a few meters apart with contrasting themes and message. Diffusion, the art show held at Venkatappa Art Gallery was a serene experience with some great talent from the North. Gyanesh Mishra, who has made Bengaluru his home was at his ‘Tigerly’ best. Known for his portrayal of the ‘Tiger’ a symbol of strength in Indian mythology, he has always tried to play around with forms of the animal. The painting by Pradhosh Swain Imported from Mars embodied how we are consuming every drop of water from the bottle, and will have to get water from Mars.
Priya Ranjan’s Horses in acrylic and oil depicted some real life stills, expressions and body language of the animal. There was Asima Choudhury’s Faith which captivated the onlooker with the subtle use of acrylic and oil, and was very symbolic. The show titled Diffusions was an eye-catching exhibition compassing every hue of colour, creativity and current issues — Water, Woman and Wanderlust. ArtMantram’s ‘Women in the Park’ at Cubbon Park saw 10 women artists indulging in live painting sessions. While the paintings were done for a cause, the onlookers had a thrilling day, interacting with artists while children learnt the nuances of art. The hot sun didn’t deter the passion of the artists and the public who participated in the event. Senior artist from Ken School Nirmala Kumari juggled with abstract forms, artist Sujata SahSejekan indulged in a self-portrait by looking into the mirror, something very rare while Bhavani GS was in full flow and so were Shraddha Rathi, Nita Kembhavi and Usha. Jija Harisingh and Raji Narayan along with Shri KK Hebbar’s artist daughter Rekha Rao curated a stunning event honouring the ‘Stree’. Art enthusiasts were thrilled and called for more events like this to promote the art culture. The events concluded last week.