Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Rent a painting, The Divine Bovine show, A Discourse of Lines and more


The Divine Bovine Show
( A sculpture by P Elanchezhiyan)
The Forum Art Gallery, Chennai presents a solo show of sculptures by sculptor P Elanchezhiyan.  The works on display are all focused on the bovine, cows and bulls in metal mediums, like bronze. The poses depict a distinct masculinity about the bull about to get into a bull fight or the interaction of bovine and humans. 

The sculptor addresses a very traditional man- animal relationship in a very contemporary and unique free style. The spirituality of a cowherd’s flute and the interaction of a water buffalo and the owner are all sensitively captured in the spontaneous moving sculptures.
The rugged and the fine all embody the bovine.

The show is on till the 31st of July 2013.

A Discourse of Lines

(A painting by Brijesh Devareddy)
La Gallery 360, Trivandrum presents a solo show of art works by young upcoming artist, Brijesh Devareddy. The show is titled, ‘A Discourse of Lines’ and is the artist’s debut solo show.

The Chennai based artist has studied art and design at the Symbiosis Institute of Design in Pune.  Brijesh’s works comprise of intricate intermingling drawings. Multiple layers on a flat surface, be it paper and canvas or objects and appliances in the household, the artist in him blends and narrates stories in the spontaneous looking visuals. 

Cityscapes blend into solar systems, which blend into a bowl of noodles and into a kitchen where household items get a unique identity of their own. 

The show previews on the 15th of July 2013 and will be on view till the 30th of July 2013.

The Reflections Show
(A painting from the show)
The Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata presents a show of works by eminent artists of today, titled, ‘Reflections’. The show displays works in oil and acrylic on canvas. 

The participating artists are Chanchal Krishna Dey, Dipak Roy, Sanjib Sen and Sanjay Das. Sculptures are by Chanchal Dey and the paintings are by the other artists, rendered  in oil and acrylic on canvas.

The show depicts a variety of subjects that the artists have explored and brought to the fore for the viewer to experience.  Figurative and realistic in style,  and some in abstractions, the artists display a vibrant array of works and themes.

The show is on view till the 10th of July 2013.

Showers of Tranquility - show

(A painting from the show Showers of Tranquility) 
Gallery Third Eye, Bangalore, presents a group show of art works by artists Ananda Das and Parateek Sabharwal. The show is titled, ‘Showers of Tranquility’ and features the artists’ interpretations of the monsoon season. 

The works on display are a rare collection of paintings rendered in acrylic, oil, water colours and charcoals. The collection also displays an array of styles of art, like landscapes, cityscapes, figurative and abstracts to spiritual art. The artists have attempted to capture the serenity and calmness experienced during the rainy season.

The show promises a perspective to each and every art enthusiast and buyer about monsoons. The show is on view till the 31st of July 2013.

(News reports by Sushma Sabnis)


Rent a painting

Pix My Wall is an initiative that offers artworks on rent, as a platform for talented artists to showcase their works and for people to connect to art
(Aditya Pisupati and Padmaja Nagarur)
If you thought libraries only rented out books, think again because now with Pix My Wall, art enthusiasts can rent out art prints. Pix My Wall is an initiative by Aditya Pisupati and Padmaja Nagarur of the art sale portal artflute.com
“Art Flute is an art marketplace for artists to show their work and buyers across the world to buy them,” says Aditya. “Over a period of time we realised that a lot of original work does not get sold. Artists are constantly facing a problem selling their work because the market is niche.”
“The idea is to see if we can try and find an alternate platform for the artists and generate an additional stream of revenue while promoting their work.”
Pix My Wall will not circulate original art works but high quality prints which will be in circulation through the year. Anybody who is then interested in the artist will be directed to artflute.com to buy the original. Once the original is bought, the art prints will be taken out of circulation to preserve the exclusivity of the work.
“Traditionally, artists sell their works in a gallery or exhibition. Very few galleries sponsor these artists. And many of them artists are not able to conduct solo shows. So the idea is to cater to a larger segment of the market through circulation or through sale.”
Aditya is a hobby photographer, with a corporate background, whose interest in art was passed on by his father, an amateur painter who took his children to galleries all over the country.
“I started this initiative primarily because I saw a lot of my photographer friends put in a lot of time and effort into a difficult shot and at the end of the day when they showcase it, nobody buys their work, even for a few thousand. It’s not as though there isn’t a market, just that collectors prefer buying the works of established artists. So what happens to fresh talent in the market? These people definitely need a platform apart from sales and Pix My Wall gives them visibility.”
Those who want to rent out an art print can purchase a subscription package. A yearly subscription allows subscribers to keep the print for a year or change up to four prints.
“It’s a chance for everyone to appreciate art without being intimidated by it,” explains Padmaja. “Some people might be afraid to step into a gallery not knowing what to purchase and there are those who merely appreciate art. We are trying to open out a niche market. What we do by renting out the art piece is allow people to connect with it because what happens sometimes is that art lovers might have made an impulse buy which they find later that they don’t really connect to.”
“Society at large might not have the kind of accessibility or knowledge to figure out what to purchase. That’s also where rental model helps, by educating them and offering an entry point into art. So they can experience art at some level,” adds Aditya.
Ultimately, Padmaja believes, that we are all storytellers and pictures tell stories about life and society, which are passed down through generations. “Every picture or painting has some inspiration or perspective of the kind which we strongly believe everyone should be exposed to. That’s where this works because when you have an artwork up for more than a year it simply becomes another piece of furniture lying around. But if you change the pictures, you have a reason to pause reflect and move on.”
Pix My Wall offers art prints by a range of artists from Milind Nayak, to Padmanabhan Thangaraj. For details, visit www.pixmywall.in or call 9980433790.
(Report by Harshini Vakkalanka, Photo by G P Sampath Kumar, The Hindu)

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