A grand mix of art and artistsJul 28th, 2009 | By editor | Category: Delhiwaalah, Inside Delhi
NEW DELHI: To celebrate its first anniversary, Bajaj Capital Art House is hosting a three-day group exhibition of paintings, mixed media on paper and sculptures by 14 artists at Visual Arts Gallery here beginning August 5.
A diverse mix of art, “Beyond the Form” will see more than 40 paintings and sculptures by reputed artists Krishen Khanna, Satish Gujral, Jagdish Chinthala and Paresh Maity besides works of young luminaries like George Martin P.J., Viveek Sharma, Nitish Bhattacharjee and Sunil Padwal. Mixed media have been used dramatically by Vivek Vilasini and Murali Cheeroth who will present a video installation.
“My works always get inspiration from the prevalent elements in contemporary living. I create forms that I consider not only modern but are infused with energy and motion. All my four paintings made for the show are in acrylic and gold on canvas. They are composed of elements that are part of the contemporary man’s day-to-day life and his involvement in mundane functions. They depict man’s attempt to harness power,” says Satish Gujral.
Krishen Khanna has come out with some large-scale pen, pencil and ink works that rotate around human experiences and situations. The two drawings that will be on display at the exhibition feature one of his most popular and engaging subjects — the ubiquitous bandwallahs. Wearing their typical hats and coats holding up their brass instruments, the bandwallahs are seen to herald a time for celebration and joy for others though they themselves have to struggle to make a living.
Curator Sushma Bahl says most of the art works have been specially created for the exhibition in response to the theme and give the viewer an interesting visual and aesthetic panorama of contemporary art in varied expressions, oeuvres and genres.
In his digital archival ink-on-canvas work “Mind the Giap”, Vivek Vilasini has portrayed Vietnamese Army’s General Wong Neo Giang Giap, while his other work titled “Holy Bible” is based on the actual existence of a Bible that can be bought off the shelves in Bangalore and online.
Artist Viveek Sharma’s oil on canvas depicts an invincible Chhatrapati Shivaji on horseback signifying the terror attacks in Mumbai defended by commandos bearing the Tricolour and the peace pigeons in flight.