Saturday, November 16, 2013

Human Transformation, Reflections - Faces & Places show, and more..


Human Transformation
( Work by P R Narvekar)
Aakriti Art Gallery, Kolkata presents a solo show of Mumbai based eminent artist P. R. Narvekar titled ‘Human Transformation’. The paintings exhibited at the show are figurative and human based. Narvekar uses a lot of yellow and black and brings about a remarkable beauty to his works. The harmonious transformation of human figures is the essence of his art. 

In his quest to create a unique form containing his own identity that uplifts local to global and aesthetically assimilates tradition with universal values, Narvekar realised that creating an art form that grows from the inner consciousness and subconscious of the artist is the major function of an artist, besides creating narratives and describing reality. This unique form will unveil the inner being of the artist and enlightens the community-oriented identity bridging the gap between national and international ideals of beauty and globalizing the local form.
The show is on view till 16th November 2013.

Meditative art
( Work by Ghanshyam Gupta)
The eminent artist Ghanshyam Gupta is presenting a range of paintings at Kamalnayan Bajaj Art Gallery, Mumbai. The artist mainly paints human figures and also adds elements like images of birds, animals to presents in thoughts on the canvas in an effective manner.

The artist was born in Benaras and holds degrees both in painting and printmaking. The alternate use of bright and earthy shades creates a sharp contrast on the canvas. He presents his thoughts about the contemporary society through his paintings.
The show is on view till 30th November 2013.

Reflections Show

All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi presents a group show of photographs, headed by Johnette Iris Stubbs. Photographs can present the real stories of our surroundings and issues highlighting the society in an unspoken manner.  On display at the show are such perfect captures made by Johnette Iris Stubbs and group. The exhibition will focus on the roles played by women in the society.

The group is headed by Johnette Iris Stubbs who is a renowned photographer and a thoughtful writer. She lays focus on the ongoing social and cultural issues that are widespread throughout the world. She is acquainted with various languages and handles assignments across the globe.
The show will be on view till 21st November 2013.

Feminine Msytique
(Work by Arup Ratan Chowdhury)
Art Walk, Kolkata presents the solo show of artist Arup Ratan Chowdhury. The works on display are paintings, landscapes, statues and portraits. Arup Ratan Chowdhury is a B.V.A. (Fine Art in Western Style) from Government College of Art and Craft. He is a versatile artist delving in drawing, painting and murals art.

The artworks on display focus on woman. The special place of women that they hold in the society is what one can glance at through the artworks. The artist has replicated woman through his imagination and creativity.

The show is on view till 30th November 2013.

( News reports by Sushma Sabnis)


Candid frames

Birds and big cats, snails and mongoose give candid shots to T.L. John’s camera

(T L John with his photography works)

Moods are many, so too the moments. The gharial lazily sunbathes, while the white tiger’s gaze is fixed firmly on the camera. The two white ibises are busy pecking each other, while the flamingos discover harmony in flight. Photographer T.L. John captures wildlife in all its diversity in the 48 photographs he has exhibited at the Kerala Lalithakala Akademi Art Gallery in the city.
John’s lenses are democratic. So sharing comfortable space with the big cats are avian beings. He sees the same beauty in a snail dragging itself on as in the sprinting black bucks. His purpose, says John, is to draw attention to nature’s wealth and so too to preserve them for tomorrow. An artist and photographer at the Kerala University, John spent years with researchers and students of Biology clicking science pictures. That knowledge came handy when he turned to wildlife photography after retirement. “These are photographs I have taken in the last six years from the natural parks and wildlife sanctuaries of West Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka,” he says.
The process
These clicks have come from cameras that are not the most impressive or the most expensive, he adds. “Beginning with a Lumix FZ 30, I gradually moved to Canon 400 B and then the Nikon D90. I have shot the big cats from vehicles and mostly from a distance of 200 to 300 feet,” he explains. The excitement is the process itself, says the photographer and patience is the key. Early morning is the time when birds and animals are at their expressive best, he says. He remembers waiting the whole night by the shores of the Tambaraparani River to get a glimpse of the pelicans. At the break of dawn he caught them on camera appearing almost in a line and this is among his favourite pictures on show. Another pick of his is the photo of flamingos taking flight. The moment packs the picture with an assortment of actions.
The big cats are often a matter of luck, says John. He has clicked a variety of them. Contrasting a resting leopard is a pair of lions definitely not in a friendly mood. If another leopard is caught stretching, another has two lions resting. “Luck comes in for if they just turn their back and walk away there is no picture,” says John.
Baboons, barking deer, herd of elephants all are his subjects. A curious absentee though is representatives from the world of snakes. John’s frames are predominantly green and he veers away occasionally to focus on men and women. There is a shot of two women meditating on the beach, while in another a couple are seen splashing on the waves. These un-choreographed moments sit well with the candidness that is the dominant mood of John’s photographs. John, meanwhile, is determined to give his retired life more shots of wildlife. The exhibition concludes on November 17th 2013.

(Report by P Anima, Photo by S Ramesh Kurup for The Hindu)

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