Thursday, August 29, 2013

Featuring Mural making magic, Tales of Odisha, Alae show and more..


The Alae show
(Ravindra Salve's work)
Swasti The Contemporary Art Gallery, Bangalore,presents a group show titled, ‘Alae’. The exhibition brings together the works by eminent and upcoming artists including JMS Mani, Jayaraj, Ravindra Salve, Ranjitha S, S Rajesh, Savithri Salve, Sunitha Verma and Shivanand.

Featuring a neat blend of abstracts and figurative artworks, the works by these artists make up an eclectic mix of a show.The show Alae is a riveting compilation of drawings, paintings and graphics by the talented artists at this exhibition.
The exhibition will be on display till the 30th of September 2013.

Marks and Markers
(works on display)
Gallerie Ganesha, New Delhi presents a solo show of art works titled, ‘Marks and Markers’. The painting exhibition displays the works by eminent artist Samindranath Majumdar.

The artist was born in 1966 and received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Visual Arts from Rabindra Bharti University, Kolkata. Belonging to a renowned family of educators, writers and painters, the works by the artist look back to his own experiences with his education in science and in art.

The works on display portray a blend of the experiences of the artist and his interactions with the world around him with a varied perspective, using abstraction and multiple layers of paint perfectly redefining space and memory.

The show is on till the 12th of September 2013.

Tales of Odisha

Arts of the Earth gallery, New Delhi, presents a group show titled, ‘Tales of Odisha’.This art exhibition will display folk as well as tribal paintings of Odisha that are unique and widely famous. 
Patachitras are a form of art that include wall painting, palm - leaf etching, manuscript painting, painting on fabrics (cotton and silk) and this particular form of painting is source of livelihood for many artists' in this State.

Mostly, the subject matter of these paintings is folklores, religion and mythology and sharp colors and fine lines is its characteristic. This exhibition will have a good view of this form of art that provides a look into the world of Indian culture on various mediums. 

The show is on view till the 14th of September 2013.

Psychedelic Notes
(Works on display)
Urban Solace art space, Bangalore presents a solo show of art works by artist Eshwar Subramony. The works on display are rendered in oils and acrylic on canvas and the 33 paintings portray the trance inspired psychedelic musings of the artist.
Vibrant in colour, realistic in style, the works display scenes of the rural landscape and its nuances.
Born in Thiruvananthapuram, Eshwar has excelled the art of painting for over a decade now. Inspired by temple sculptures, this artist from Kerala uses vibrant colours, overlapping tones and bold strokes.

The works by veteran masters such as Raja Ravi Varma, Salvador Dali and Degas has always fascinated Eshwar. From judging art competitions, participating in group shows to designing cover pages, his versatility and dedication speaks volumes.

The show is on view till the 31st of August 2013.

(News reports by Sushma Sabnis)

The magic of mural making
Bharat Rawal says anybody can learn how to make 3D murals. All that is required is a passion for art
What do you get when you put together the idea of murals, perhaps as those found in the ancient caves or on the walls of churches, and relief sculptures? That’s the concept behind Bharat Rawal’s 3D murals.
“Traditional reliefs were also done in terra cotta, clay or mud — these were the materials which were used for 3D art,” says Bharat. “I tried combining both, murals on walls as well as relief sculptures to develop a form of art what I named as 3D murals.”
(Mural by Bharat Rawal)
The key to these murals is “resin clay”, a type of clay developed by Bharat which is used to make his murals.
“It is not possible to work on canvas with 3D media whether it is stone or glass or clay for work in relief. Using clay alone is not feasible because it cannot hold the weight. That’s why I selected wood as one of the mediums on which this special type of clay is used.”
This clay withstands weather changes, is durable or non-breakable and does not peel off the board and does not need to be fired like terracotta. “I can work with any subject using this material. And the whole process, including the designing, moulding and painting is done by hand.”
And this is what he has taught in more than 90 workshops, reaching out to more than 9,000 students across the country. The curriculum of the workshop sounds quite complicated. The invite claims students will be taught how to make 3D murals in all forms such as ceramic murals, siporex murals, glass murals, mix media murals, mix media furniture, cold enamelled metal murals, multi layered landscape murals or neon murals.
And students will be able to grasp a project, including a mixed media project with 3D ceramic, 3D siporex, 3D glass, 3D texture and 3D metal art, Bharat says, in less than a week. He does not charge for teaching, only for the materials and overheads.
“First I teach them how to draw a proportionate drawing, based on the subject they choose to work with. Then I teach them how 2D images are transformed into 3D and I gradually come to the detailing, with features. So we cover layer by layer and they also learn clay modelling, which comes under the process of ceramic mural making. The whole procedure from designing to clay modelling painting and the final glazing takes four to five days.”
Going to a traditional art school will take up at least five years and learning a specialized technique like this is not easy simply because of the lack of expertise in the field, says Bharat.
“This is why I travel all over India to share the best of what I have to offer. Mural art is easily understood by everyone, it is quite simple. The workshop is a good idea for those who want to decorate their homes by themselves and I train them in different media and people are satisfied. Decoration is not a dying art,” explains Bharat.
“Many of my students, over 3,500 of them have taken it up as a profession, working as a mural artist or designer. Anybody can learn how to do this, whether he is a doctor, an engineer, a software professional or a tea stall owner. The only prerequisite is a passion for art.”
The 3D mural art workshop will continue and is open to students until August 31. For details, contact Nikita at 9886170724 or visit
(Report by Harshini Vakkalanka for The Hindu)

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