A Celebration called Life.... a group exhibition

Show unveiling on 07th January 2021 at 10.00am

About A Celebration called Life:

“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching, Love like you'll never be hurt, sing like there's nobody listening, and live like it's heaven on earth” …said William W. Purkey

Philosophy and spirituality inform us that every emotion, positive or negative, weakens or strengthens us based on our own perception and mindset. We alone are wholly responsible for our state of mind. In this exhibition, each of the artists illustrates this very thought through his own interpretation and expression. The underlying sentiment is always joyous, appreciative, giving and in this, celebratory in nature.

About the artists:

Chaitanya Ingle: Hailing from Nagpur and armed with a master’s degree in visual art, Chaitanya shows a marked sensitivity towards the lesser fortunate. He is inspired by the Hanuman and influenced by the Hindu epic Ramayan; also, the Thai interpretation of the Ramayan in their cultural Ramakein mask dance. The artist’s muse is a small child he once observed begging on the streets of Rajasthan, his face painted like Hanuman. His paintings therefore depict the masked child regaling folk with his deity looks, drawing a parallel between divine worship vs. respect and appreciation of humankind. His pared down canvases speak a profound truth in muted hues, as the distinct vocabulary of the vermillion prominently lends to questioning the status quo.

Madhuri Gayawal: “Love is a divine emotion that can change anything in life and make anything possible”, says this self-taught artist. Each of her paintings impresses upon the viewer that life may bestow upon us all shades of light and dark, but the power to live with immense love lies in our eyes. Quite naturally, the eyes constitute the most important aspect of her paintings. “My art is not only a joy but a therapy. It is a way of life”, she opines. With a preference for blues and greens, the artist depicts her closeness to nature and the integral relation of human emotions with nature via mixed medium on canvas.

Sanjay Tandekar: The artist explores the beauty of the peacock as the symbol of ultimate creation, juxtaposing his visual aesthetic with several other elements that represent reality. Symbolising compassion and love for humanity, the peacock is expressed through a play of colours, social discourse, even social satire, urging the viewer to look beyond the aesthetic into the purport of the visual. In fact, the most idiosyncratic trait that distinguishes his paintings is the way he makes the figures and backgrounds differentiable. “Shades of blue are the primary colours in my paintings,” informs the artist, as blue represents meanings of depth, trust, loyalty, sincerity, wisdom, confidence, stability, faith, heaven, and intelligence. The colour blue, he says, has positive effects on the mind and body.

Shivkumar Soni: Treasuring childhood and childlike innocence, Shivkumar Soni from Jaipur conjures up visuals from his childhood, depicting the real and the surreal in a distinctive style of painting. “I am influenced by objects of childhood like kites, birds, balloons, toys, trays, hats, etc”, says the artist as he continues to marvel at the innocent charm of childhood memories that tend to traverse from his canvases to the mindset and memories of the viewers, establishing a silent dialogue. The character he depicts is more of a self-portrait rendered in acrylic colour veering from transparent to tempera applications, being both, vibrant and stylish. The artist strikes a conscious balance between his narrative and the visual aesthetics for the pleasure of the viewer.


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