Thursday, June 13, 2013

Vayalar Portraits, Impressit Lithography, Neetu Singhal Sureka, and more


Impressit - The Litho Show
( a lithoprint by Chhering Negi in the show) 

Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai takes the viewer to the ‘stone age’ by presenting a unique show of Lithography. The show displays some exquisite prints made by to artists, print makers, Subrat Kumar Behera and Chhering Negi.
The process of lithography is based on the basic principle of the antipathy of oil and water. Lithographs are so names because they used to be traditionally made on lime stone slabs but now are replaced with zinc or aluminum plates. Some times the processes involved in printing are used for photolithography with interesting results.
The works on display are a mix of coloured prints and monochromes with figurative and narrative styles. 
The show previews on the 18th of June 2013 and will be on view till the 30th of June 2013.
The Infinite Dimensions show
(A painting  by Neetu Singhal Sureka)

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations, (ICCR), New Delhi, presents a solo show of paintings by artist Neetu Singhal Sureka. The show is titled ‘The Infinite Dimensions’ ad displays a variety of works by the artist.

The show displays works which are made with a variety of elements, in unique mosaic like style of painting. The works rendered mostly in acrylic and oils on canvas, border on abstractions and semi abstraction.

The show also presents a dance performance as part of the Under Horizon Series.

The show previews on the 14th of June at 6:45 pm, and the show is on view till the 19th June 2013.

The Nanum Project 
(A Korean painting from the show on display)

The Korean Cultural Centre, India presents a show of paintings and calligraphy works by Korean and Indian artists, in a show titled, ‘Nanum Project’ The project is a good will gesture using art as a token of the diplomatic relations between the two countries.

In Korean, Nanum means to give or donate. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Korea, the Nanum Project is organized to donate Korean art works to Indian schools and Indian art works to Korean schools. This is the first series which will showcase a total of 40 paintings and calligraphy works. 

The collection consists of 30 Korean and 13 Indian artworks donated by renowned Indian and Korean artists. Calligraphy – which is one of the great cultural heritage of Korea- will be introduced through the donation of 26 calligraphy works which will serve as an exceptionally valuable opportunity for the students to experience the culture and traditions of Korea.

The show is on view till the 28th of June 2013.

A Grand Print Making Exhibition

(A print from the show)

The Akhil Bharatiya Manav Vikas Sanstha, (ABVMS), in collaboration with International Creative Art Centre (ICAC), Mumbai present a massive exhibition of Printmaking. The show is one of first of its kind to ever display the print works of eminent print makers of the country. One hundred and fifty print makers have participated in this show to exhibit their works from different degrees of print making and experience.

Some of the print makers are new age contemporary masters and others are the pillars of print making in India as we know it. The show is to be inaugurated by renowned artist, photographer and print maker Jyoti Bhatt on the 24th of June 2013 at 5 pm. 

Jyoti Bhatt’s  is best known for his modernist style in his painting and printmaking and his photographic documentation of rural Indian culture. 

The show will be on view from the 24th June to the 30th of June 2013 at the Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.

(News reports by Sushma Sabnis)


Portrait exhibition of Vayalar awardees opened

(Portraits by B D Dethan)
Loudspeakers placed near the portrait paintings of some of the greatest literateurs of Malayalam played the evergreen film songs penned by Vayalar Ramavarma on loop, as the VJT Hall here turned into a gallery of literature. The hall is hosting an exhibition of portrait paintings of 36 Vayalar award winners.

The venue turned into a hall of fame with the portrait paintings done by artist B D Dethan. The exhibition brings three decades of Malayalam literary history to life from 1977 to 2012 - from Lalithambika Antharjanam to Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri.

The exhibition, named ‘Indradhanus’, is being held as a prelude to the installation of the paintings at the newly-constructed Vayalar Ramavarma Museum at Vayalar.
A total of 38 portraits are exhibited - 36 of the award winners, one of Vayalar himself and one of his mother, Ambalika Nambishtathiri.

“The portraits elucidate their character,” said Vayalar Ramavarma Memorial Trust secretary C V Thrivikraman. “It is a resurgence of portrait painting. The paintings will be part of the memorial archives of the litterateurs to be set up at the museum. It is ideal to have oil paintings as part of the archives as they last long, unlike photographs,” he said.

“We could have easily installed photographs of the litterateurs. But it will never tell their story. Here one can witness the suffering in the eyes of Lalithambika Antharjanam,” he pointed out.
“I am not basically a portrait painter. Still I agreed to do it as I knew most of them personally. It was a hard job finding the right photographs that reflect their character. We had to search a lot for a photograph of Lalithambika Antharjanam,” B D Dethan said. It took him nine months to complete the paintings.

At the Vayalar museum, each portrait will be coupled with details about the writer: their work, awards, personal life and family history. Attempts have been made by the Memorial Trust to trace out the blood line of the literary figures and contact their present-day successors.
According to Thrivikraman, more than a database of the award winners, the paintings are a memorial for them. The exhibition will conclude on June 5.

(Courtesy:  The New Indian Express)

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