Lifestyle Books and Art 23 Feb 2019 A tale of two oeuvre ...

A tale of two oeuvres

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | HARISH KUMAR SEJEKAN
Published Feb 23, 2019, 12:02 am IST
Updated Feb 23, 2019, 12:02 am IST
A Canadian artiste inspired by Hampi, another who paints vivid horses, these two shows kept art lovers busy.
Adam Shapiro’s painting.
 Adam Shapiro’s painting.

Gallery Time and Space plays host to another solo show by an artist who has made India his home. Canada-based Adam Shapiro has been so inspired by the world heritage site of Hampi, that he made it his second home. Hampi recently has been in the news for all the right reasons and Adam Shapiro’s inspiration behind his recent series are the landscapes of Hampi. Adam Shapiro has been creating work for over four decades, originally from Canada, he has experienced life in many countries across the world. This has given him a chance to witness, experience and imbibe different ways of life and to beautifully capture a variety of landscapes on his canvas.

At the age of 18, he moved to Hydra (Greece) to further his practice. The first time Adam visited India was in 1980, and he has since explored many parts of our vibrant country, drawing inspiration from every corner, having fallen in love with the different facets of India.

 

Adam works primarily with oil on canvas and sometimes on ply. For the larger part of his artistic career, he has used the mundane environment as his inspiration, capturing the quaint stillness of landscapes in a way that takes you back to a simpler time. In recent years, he has taken a keen interest in the abstraction of his work, developing a rather unique and versatile palette. This is the first show to display his abstract series. Shapiro takes inspiration from artists like Paul Cezanne, Joan Mitchell and Wassily Kadinsky. Shraddha Nair, the maverick curator from the famed Shrishti College of Art has done a decent work of juxtaposing the best of the artist.

— Adam Shapiro’s exhibition is on at Gallery Time and Space until March 4.
— The writer is an art expert and curator.

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