Monday, August 5, 2013

Rama Baana Cartoons, Digital Creativity, Inheritance show and more...


Observation, Expression and Structure -  Sudhir Patwardhan
(Artist Sudhir Patwardhan)
The Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi and Chandigarh administration, present a slide-lecture titled, ‘Observation, Expression and Structure’ by eminent artist Sudhir Patwardhan, as part of the Chandigarh Arts & Heritage Festival 2013.
Mumbai based artist Sudhir Patwardhan’s first one person show was held by Ebrahim Alkazi's Art Heritage in New Delhi in 1979. Since then his work has been seen regularly in exhibitions in India and abroad.
The city of Bombay and its surroundings have been a continuing source of inspiration for the artist. The social fabric of the city and the life of its inhabitants are deeply reflected in his work. Alongside this social dimension, the more personal aspects of the artist's presence in his own work, and the problems of representation, have preoccupied him over the years.
The slide-lecture will take place on the 19th of August 2013 at the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh at 5:00pm.
The artist will also lead an art workshop with ten young artists from the tricity area from 16th to the 20th of August 2013 at the Government Museum and Gallery, Chandigarh from 11 am to 6:00 pm
Rama Baana Cartoons
(A cartoon work byR Krishnamurthy)
The Indian Institute of Cartoonists, Bangalore, presents a unique show exclusively dedicated to cartoons and caricatures. Titled, ‘Rama Baana’ this exhibition is creativity and wit at its peak. On display are some unique and funny cartoon works by eminent and renowned artist, R Krishnamuthry , popularly known as Ramadhyani.

The artist / cartoonist portrays his thoughts of intense humour and satire in his works and the show is a testament to it.

Cartooning applied as tool to address social and political nuances, this show is a perfect place to unwind and have a few laughs.

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

The Inheritance show

Shridharani Art Gallery, New Delhi, presents a solo show of artworks titled, ‘Inheritance’. 
by talented artist Purva Kanda.
The show displays works rendered in the oil on canvas medium, in a semi abstract, geometrical style. The vibrancy of colours dominate the compositions in the works. Purva has been guided by eminent artist Tejinder Kanda in her art journey.She holds an optimistic view and presents her views through her paintings.
Purva blends various colours making her palette unique. The works exude a spce and movement which the artist captures through careful compositions.

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

Sentiment of Love in Pahari Painting - Vijay Sharma
(Artist Vijay Sharma)
The Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi, and Chandigarh Administration present a slide lecture by eminent miniature artist, Vijay Sharma. The lecture titled, ‘Sentiment of Love in Pahari Painting’ (Pahari Chitrakala mei Shringar Rasa) will be conducted on the 20th of August 2013, at the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh at 5:00 pm.
Vijay Sharma will also be holding a workshop on miniature painting along with his students at Government Museum & Art Gallery, Chandigarh  from 16th to 20th August 2013 between 11.00 am to 6.00 pm.
Vijay Sharma is widely recognised as a gifted miniaturist and as an art historian. He has played a pioneering role in reviving the traditions of Pahari miniature painting in Himachal Pradesh. Besides being an accomplished painter, Vijay Sharma is also a researcher and a prolific writer. He has trained many young artists in the art of Pahari painting. He is presently working as an artist at the Bhuri Singh Museum, Chamba, Himachal Pradesh.
To promote the arts and artists of Himachal Pradesh, Sharma founded Shilpa Parishad in Chamba and spearheads this NGO as its President.  
Apart from being a miniature artist, Sharma is an art critic, art historian, editor and a writer, who has received several national and international awards for his work on the art form.
(News reports by Sushma Sabnis)


Digital Creativity

Illustrators Priya Kuriyan and Alankrita Jain say that while working on the digital platform has its pros, irrespective of the medium, creativity is paramount
(Priya Kurian's work)
 In this digital age, the tools of illustrations have undergone a change as well. Even though the traditional way of illustrating on paper continues, illustrators are taking to creating works digitally. Priya Kuriyan, who has done illustrations for books, calendars, and logos such as Devashish Makhija’s When Ali Became Bajranj Bali, the cover of Ruskin Bond’s A Garland of Memories, Roopa Pai’s Taranauts series, Pratham Books 2012 calendar, Sudha Murthy’s Grandma’s Bag of Stories, among others, is at ease with illustrating both on paper and digital illustrations. “Some publishers prefer hand-drawn illustrations. I usually send out scanned digital files, as it is not always practical to send art works in paper. With Tulika, I have done a combination of hand-drawn and digital illustrations. For example in Baby Bahadur, a lot of the characters are done individually. I scanned and then photo shopped them. Software in digital illustrations has become more advanced. You can get some good effects from playing with light; there are filters in the software that allow you to try different effects. In traditional hand paintings, that is possible too, but one would have to re-draw and re-paint the image again and again.”
(Priya Kurian)
Priya’s illustrations complement the text, and at the same time, tell a story of its own. “I like adding details to pictures that may not be in the text. In When Ali Became Bajrang Bali, I have added a desk and photographs on the wall, each of these elements adds to the character’s personality. Also, a child might look at an illustration and weave a different story. Illustrations help spur the child’s imagination.” Illustrating bilingual books require a different approach, says Priya. “Malayalam text would take more space than Hindi text. And so you have to adjust the illustrations accordingly.”
Priya trained in animation at the National Institute of Design (NID), but illustrations formed a major part of concept art, and it was from then that Priya developed an interest in illustrations. “In NID artists from different disciplines work together, we got to see each other’s work.”
With the boom in social media, have illustrations become an important tool of communication? Priya thinks so. “There is a lot of visibility now. Facebook, blogs etc. have made illustrations so much more accessible. You see something on someone’s blog and you can reach out to them.” Priya also says that an increasing availability of books has generated a keen interest in illustrations.“The world is now becoming a more visual space. If you pick up a newspaper, you see so many changes in the design. Visual communication has become more important.”
(Alankrita's work)
Twenty-two-year-old Alankrita Jain who has written and illustrated three books, Miaow, Boodabim and Little Laali with Tulika says that illustrating on paper is almost similar to illustrating on a digital medium. “In both, you can play with colour and create different illustrations. Alankrita says she loves both media. “Both media require equal amount of patience. No matter what medium you use, you have to visualise and develop an individual style. I do my sketches on paper, but the final product is done on the computer.”
She agrees with Priya that illustrators have greater visibility these days. “Everything is slowly becoming digitised. And yes, there is a greater access to different kinds of work.”
(Report by Sravasti Datta for The Hindu)

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