Friday, January 17, 2014

In the Open book launch, Shunya, Pink Filly and more...


( The artist with his work)
Dhoomimal Art Centre, New Delhi presents a show and book release of artist, writer Prafulla Mohanti. Titled ‘Shunya’ the show displays paintings by the eminent artist. In 1970 he gave up his architectural background to devote himself to painting and writing. He has taught painting and dancing to children in the East End of London and has given dance recitals relating movement to painting.

He is the author of ‘My Village, My Life’, ‘Indian Village Tales’, ‘Through Brown Eyes’, ‘Changing Village, Changing Life’ and ‘Longing’, a collection of illustrated poems with Devdas Chhotray. He has held exhibitions in many parts of the world including Europe, America, Japan and India. His paintings have represented several international travelling exhibitions organized by the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.

The book will be released by Rahul Singh,Distinguished writer and journalist at 7:30 pm on 28th January 2014.

In the Open at JLF

Ojas Art, New Delhi presents installations by renowned artists KS Radhakrishnan and Shabbu at the Jaipur Literature Festival. The sculptures and art works will be placed at select locations at the Festival.

Also during the course of the festival. the launch of the book, ‘In the Open: Sculptures by KS Radhakrishnan’ written by art critic and curator, Johny ML is slated to take place on the front lawns area on the 19th January at 1:30 pm.

The Jaipur Literature Festival is on from 17th to 21st of January 2014.

The Sacred Feminine
(work on display)
Kalakriti Art Gallery Hyderabad presents a solo show of illustrations. The exhibition showcases eighteen 8" x 10" illustrations by Priyanka Aelay, made for the new Telugu edition of Women Writing in India by Professor Susie Tharu and Dr. K Lalita. 
The original English edition is required reading in universities throughout the world. Priyanka Aelay’s works reflects the many nuances, shades and anecdotes that form an indispensable part of her entity. The drawings and paintings accentuate her love for portrait and her approach towards environmental and social issues.
The show is on from 24th to 26th January 2014.

Pink Filly
( work by Arzan Khambatta at the show)
Palladium Hotel, Mumbai in association with Passages – an NGO that works towards creating awareness and supporting Breast Cancer Patients – presents its first ever art exhibit titled Pink Filly. 
In a first of its kind art exhibit, Pink Filly will be showcasing the spectacular limited edition collection of horse heads, designed especially by sculptor Arzan Khambatta. The sculptures will be on view at strategic locations across the lobby level of the Palladium Hotel and will be open to public viewing. Produced in fiberglass, these resplendent sculptures have then been painted upon by 50 different Indian artists, in their individual signature styles. Artists such as Paresh Maity, Subhash Awchat, Jatin Das, Sujata Bajaj, Revati Sharma Singh and Satish Gupta are just some of the artists who have been part of this project.

The show is on view from 19th January to 26th January 2014.

(News reports by Sushma Sabnis)

Size does matter
Tamkanat Gallery has something to suit all art lovers
(Variety and colour: Guests viewing the work)
Fawad Tamkanat’s gallery at Banjara Petals in Banjara Hills is a new one and the nearly 100 canvases on display there are the works contributed by artists. They vary in theme, presentation and the subject. More than 60 artists have showcased their work in the gallery and Fawad says he has encouraged almost all the artists to bring work beyond regional landscapes and the usual portraits of village belles.
“The idea is to create something new each time an artist showcases his work. Art lovers shouldn’t feel there is a repetition , so I have discouraged the usual ideas,” says Fawad. As a result the gallery can boast of variety in self portraits, abstract, modern themes, dot painting merged with acrylic work and pen drawings as well. Besides the well-known names there are a few new artists who have showcased their work. And the response, Fawad says, “is very good. These artists are young and so they have a fresh perspective and approach to art. While some of us painted to show agony and hardships by painting human forms, the fresher breed has a new take in presenting society. Use of words, sentences, quotes against a picturesque background shows the beauty of their works. The other artists have chosen to use glass and wood to give a visual relief,” explains Fawad. The other concern of Fawad as an artist and gallery owner is to help the artists sell. “Keeping the affordability factor in mind, I commissioned works with a particular size so that pricing can be kept reasonable,” explains Fawad.
(Report by Prabalika M Borah for The Hindu)

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