A Mural Conjoining Lands-Art at Airport
Eminent artists Nilima Sheikh and B V Suresh, have collaborated with several master craftsmen from the Kashmir valley to create a unique mural installation for the new terminal in the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai.
The exhibit titled,‘Conjoining Lands’ is yet to be completed and it will stand at a mammoth 6800 sqfeet of a multimedia mural. The mural comprises of paintings on papier mache, carved sculptures in wood with portions of Khatamband and Pinjrakari works indigenous to Kashmir.
Artist Nilima Sheikh’s recent works have been focussed on Kashmir inspired from the poetry of Kashmiri poet Agha Shahid Ali, which formed the core of her recent series titled “The Country Without A Post Office – Reading Agha Shahid Ali.”
The mural will be inaugurated by Omar Abdullah, Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir on 31st of May 2013 and will be on display till 2nd June 2013.
Landscape Beyond the Picturesque Frame
A lecture by artist Shukla Sawant, has been organized at the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai on the 1st of June 2013. The topic of the lecture is ‘Out of India: Landscape Paintings Beyond the Picturesque Frame’.
The lecture focuses on landscape painting in India, from the year of 1793 to1947, roughly a hundred and fifty year time frame. The focus also is on the artists who emerged from the social and intellectual world of art institutions introduced to India in that time. The historical context of the native artists attending these institutions and how they broke away from imperial landscape painting discourses to connect with surveillance and documentation, especially with references to work from Mysore and Kolhapur will be talked about.
Shukla Sawant is a visual artist and currently an Associate Professor of Visual Studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She works with photography, installation, and printmaking and her theoretical interests extend to writing on contemporary art.
The lecture will be held on Saturday, 1st June, 2013, in the Origins of Mumbai Gallery at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum.
Children’s ‘Nazariya’ of the Environment
Options Conceptual Services Pvt Ltd, Bangalore, presents their annual show, ‘Nazariya’ at the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat. Nazariya is a Go-Green initiative and the show is held each year with the participation of children’s art.
The aim is to build a solid foundation towards environmental awareness, and to grow a greener future for the generations to come.The show exhibits the best paintings done by chilren who take part in the Nazariya painting competition each year.
Each year the show is held on the occasion of World Environment Day at the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat.
Over the years the themes have become more serious and adhere to spreading the awareness on environmental issues and methods to reduce the effects of rapid destruction of natural resources through art and other mediums.
The show begins on 5th of June 2013, and will be on view till the 7th of June 2013.
Capturing Divinity Through Art
The Hirji Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, presents a debut solo show of unique works by artist Sanjay Thapar. The show displays works of this J J School of Art gold medalist, in a variety of mediums ranging from digital work to oils on canvas to pencil and ink on paper.
Sanjay’s works on display at the show are mainly figurative and portraitures of people one would consider inconspicuous in the hustle and bustle of an urban existence. Millions of such people leading their lives quietly coping with the pace of a city in a hurry, inspire Sanjay’s works by making them seem rich in experience and portraying a complete contrast of peace and turmoil in their expressions.
The conflict of the two very opposite emotions in one face simultaneously can be seen in majority of his canvases. The urban sanyasi, the Vietnamese old woman, all of these faces of strangers exude a familiarity and a narrative of the human condition. They seem at once human and at once divine in their calmness.
Heavy relief and textures in some of the works and some simple line drawings, dispaly Sanjay’s range of skills as an artist.
The show is on from the the 5th of June 2013 to the 11th of June 2013.
(News Reports by Sushma Sabnis)
Chalking out angels: Hyderabad's very own miniature artist
Creating carvings on chalk is child’s play for 30-year-old miniature artist Yuktha Moukthik — the result of long hours of persistent hard work
Chisel the chalk, that’s what she does to create endearing motifs from them.
The firm hands of 30-year-old Yuktha Moukthik move with precision on a piece of chalk. And guided by the deft movement of her fingers, the shapeless chalk transforms into a miniature angel, replete with detailed engravings.
A small slip-up or an innocent gesture of the hand is enough to destroy hours of her hard work. At the end of it all, she holds up the figure of the angel proudly before tucking it away safely in a thermocol box.
“Chalk figures are delicate and have to be stored carefully. Four years ago, I lost 34 art works because of a mistake. Carving a chalk requires a lot of patience, perseverance and soft hands. I think God has given me a gift,” she says, while showcasing her other works which include a miniature statue of Radha-Krishna, a village belle carrying a pot of water, a bride holding a garland, angels with extended wings, faces of gods and goddesses, etc.
There is no school where the art of carving miniature figures is taught.
“It happened all of a sudden. A few years ago, I was holding an idol of Lord Krishna and abruptly I felt I should carve it. I drew a two-dimensional figure. The next day, I carved ballet dancers on a chalk and that came well. Then, I started to chisel regularly,” she recalls.
Given the delicate nature of the art, Yuktha points out that one should not be bogged down by frequent failures and be disappointed.
“There are instances when I managed to finish the statue completely before losing it just for one small mistake. It also depends a lot on the quality of chalk,” she says.
While strangers might need a magnifying glass to appreciate the intricate designs in her miniature art work, Yuktha says that she does not need them while carving.
“I have become accustomed to using just a needle to carve the figurines on the chalk. I don’t even wear glasses or take help of magnifying lens to carve,” she points out.
(Report by M.Sai Gopal, Courtesy The Hindu)