New Delhi – Featuring the works of five Indian master artists – Jamini Roy, Sakti Burman, Krishen Khanna, Paresh Maity and Thota Vaikuntam – the exhibition pays homage to all expressions that are beautiful and unchanging in an ever-changing world, whatever or the style and genre represented by the artist. The exhibition of paintings celebrates diverse styles that bring out vivid expressions of human life and spirit, ranging from figuration to abstraction.
Throughout the year, India lives with festivities and celebrations, and it is deeply rooted in cultural traditions, whether in music, literature, performance or visual arts. Realm III, brings the vibrancy and joy of Indian visual arts through the works of artists who laid the foundations of Indian arts.
Krishen Khanna, KK-0006, ‘Skipping Girl’
The common thread running through the selection is playfulness, with each artist imbuing their work with a joyful intent. “India’s artistic landscape dates back millennia with a lexicon that has always adapted and changed but whose aesthetic considerations have remained constant. A country that loves its festivities and colors and is rooted in its cultural traditions expresses itself through its music, dance, literature and art,” says Tripat K Kalra, Founder-Director, Gallerie Nvya.
Paintings by Jamini Roy, one of India’s most prominent artists born in the 19th century, are included in the exhibit. The exhibited works testify to the influences of Kalighat on his art. The exhibition contains works that bear witness to Roy’s heralding of a new era in the history of modern Indian art, with a strategic denial of its modern traces.
Paintings by veteran artist Sakti Burman, whose works inhabit ancient tales of country romances, enchanting maidens, flutists, exotic flowers and birds, where all creatures live in harmony – in a state of reality dreamlike – will also be exhibited.
Sakti Burman, SB-0010, Harlequin
Krishen Khanna (b. 1925), another veteran artist from India and a living member of the Progressive Artists Group, also exhibits his works at the exhibition, in which viewers may recognize Khanna’s depiction of himself. Sensitive in his manipulation, he spontaneously and exuberantly transfers his observations onto the canvas, while retaining the figurative element of his subject. His use of color and expressionistic brushwork elevates the everyday to the sublime. (IANS)