The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands: Leonardo Da Vinci. The city is booming with art activity and is becoming the epicentre of art in the south. Another passionate art lover has come up with her own art gallery/studio Ivana Art. The opening show titled Glimpses was a spectacular ensemble of artists from different places in the country. Displaying works by over 40 works by Master and Emerging artists, the show had the onlooker in awe of the creativity and finesse on display.
The show was a reflection of the huge diversity in Indian Art not just confined to the boundaries of colour and composition but the strong narratives, themes, influences and different viewpoints of India from the eyes of the artists and how these stories must be told.
Furthermore, these stories in the form of paintings through their use of colour, texture, or subject matter, embodied a wonderful, almost healing quality and what was special was that there was so much to offer under one roof. Local boy Shahed Pasha’s depiction of Mahabharatha tales was indeed a treat. His artworks demonstrate how life extends beyond its own subjective limits. They embody the continuous contest between the self and the world, the primordial and the modern, bringing out contemporary values and insight.
Shyamal Mukherjee has always given his works a comic and childlike charm. His works indeed bring a sense of relief to our minds. In Mukherjee’s works, we see the Bengal School’s strong figurative tradition being carried ahead and interpreted in a very contemporary idiom. Mukherjee says he loves to travel alone in new places on buses and trains since, “Most of my inspiration comes from observing people. One of the more stellar artists of the show and someone who has honestly followed his passion for.
The Abstract is by Shrikant Kadam. Hailing from Pune, Shrikant has constantly and consistently scaled up as an artist to be reckoned with. A very soft spoken artist, he has seamlessly executed works of stellar quality. The founder and curator, Jenny Shah has always been involved in art since several years after her successful stint with the Tata group. She says, “I like to go and find things. It’s the thrill of the unexpected that will justify the hours I will spend in discovering that ‘artist with potential’. My instinct is to be conscious of lesser-known artists whose work stands outside the mainstream. What fascinates me most is to understand how they develop ideas and bring them to life. As an art patron, I wish to wield my network and know-how to steer their work toward the right venues and audiences.”
Here’s to another wonderful gallery which will be another avenue for the artists to look forward to. Despite the Art Market dip, its heartening to see new spaces come up....