Sunday 10 August 2014

‘Manas Kala’ and ‘Paintings are us’are the two branches of Art house

‘Manas Kala’ and ‘Paintings are us’ are the two branches of Art house. As the connoisseurs of Art, we shoulder the responsibility of inspiring and representing creativity of artists from India. Our motto to promote them instigates from the thought, that they (artists) are the historians of our culture and communities. They nurture origins of culture through visual medium and truly signify Indian civilization.  May we continue in this great work of presenting cultural and traditional heritage of India through Painting Art.

On the onset of Independence Day celebration, from August 16, both the Art Houses- ‘Manas Kala and ‘Paintings are us’ are jointly organizing exhibition cum sale of works by a few well know as well as budding artists, who have splashed the joy, and vibrancy of our cultural heritage on their canvas in figurative or abstract forms. 
Painting by Rimjhim

India is the only unique land which has traditions and customs associated with every element of nature, be it tress, animals or any other geographical feature.. Every element is linked to human life, behavior and survival. Artist G K Laxman has realistic creations that capture Landscapes and Portrait in all medium. In this exhibition he has shown beautiful visual of holy river Ganga during dusk and the rituals that are carried on it. As the devotees perform Ganga Aarti with lamps and let them float on the water the glimmer and shine of river Ganga becomes more exuberant; this is but the physical appearance. But there is more value added to it.   Indians believe that every river is the Goddess and each denotes purity. This staunch belief arises from the fact that India is an agricultural country, water resources play important role in life of people. Rivers are considered sacred as they are the main source of water in India. Religious values are attached to rivers and treated with spiritual importance. Praying and reverence of rivers is a way of showing respect to these natural sources of life support. River are referred to as Mother, which itself means life giver.

As we move on from the association of natural elements with people, and connotation of spiritual value added to them, we see that there is a delightful painting by artist Ramesh Kharat, whose Figurative painting is on display. One can feel the artist’s love to express through lavish use of different shades of colors. The painting has meticulous details signifying deep intensity. The intensity reverberated through the mind and thoughts of the observer and one starts relating emotions and feelings in the painting with his own life. Truly, a painting can be called a successful artwork only when it brings out essence of life on lifeless canvas and make the observer one with the creation. Artists Kharat is successful in invoking this feeling.  

Artist Bala introduces us to meditational aura through his Abstract paintings. Personally he is mesmerized by the Buddha and specializes in relentlessly painting different shades of abstract and the Buddha. The paintings in this exhibition are abstract forms, and very close to meditational mood. Here too we find soft earthy colors perched on the canvas. There is a tranquil and serene feeling in each creation. A constant look at it swipes the viewer in the flow to the point of being immersed in an unknown, mystical zone, where there is peace of mind and calm heart.
Painting by Ramesh Kharat

As mentioned earlier Art is a true representative of culture and traditions. Speaking purely of India we find, nature of people is shaped according to their association with their immediate surrounding and Nature. We can see these influences not only on the behavioral pattern but even the variation in ethnicity. Our Folk art truly represents the ethnic uniqueness. Artist Kapil adores and expresses his love for culture in folk art style. He follows Madhubani style of painting. In this exhibition he displays a graceful, emotive, coy Indian rural lady by using sketching style of pen on paper. This kind of fine line sketching is one of the styles in Madhubani called ‘Kachni’ where delicate fine lines are used instead of many colors. Madhubani style paintings seem divine blessing. The woman here is one of the divine blessings and is a part of many a beautiful creation by Almighty. This aesthetic creation represents tradition in most coveted and art form of India. 

Artists Bhavna’s paintings show us the influence of nature on entire lifestyle of people. She has used the most placid and barren land- the dessert in India and its effect. The arid land makes the faces dry and wrinkled. The tiring heat and difficult mode of survival show on the faces of the people living there. Their faces are totally wrinkled. These wrinkled faces are live books defining and elaborating the Survival of the Fittest concept.  They are most expressive faces. Bhavana captures these expressions in her paintings. She deliberately paints faces in black and white and tops them with colorful turban. Turbans are one of the necessary accessories in dressing. These headgears save people from sandstorm and attack by the thief on these secluded sandy paths.  The black and white faces (representing struggle) and colorful turbans hint us that the dry land of Rajasthan seems to raise colorful hopes of life and survival through (turbans) which have varied vibrant shades. To make it more intense, the artists has used sketching style with medium of pencil and charcoal and acrylic color.

India can be simply praised and admired for its variation in landscapes without associating them with virtues and values. The visual treat of landscapes is presented by artist Jacob. 

Artist Sunny Bhanushali is also presenting his beautiful imagination on canvas with charcoal.  He believes art is elevated to a personal expression that is born within the mind and soul, but comes alive in vivid forms and colours, this is evident in the kind of work he does. Sunny, with his philosophical mind, believes that human race is blinded by the society and their false rules and religious believes. Everybody is limited by the knowledge we have from our past and society. We are handicapped to believe nothing exist beyond our five senses. Every painting of his portrays ETERNAL FREEDOM, Freedom beyond known expressions, freedom beyond rules, religions, society, false beliefs, education etc. It is about true FREEDOM, exploring your true self, dissolved in inner self, eternal peace.

We hope this exhibition will bring you closer to Indian Contemporary art and artists. Truly, the busy life schedule has taken away our leisure time and thoughts of appreciating beauty. But you will surely compensate this loss by having blissful experience while watching this vibrant exhibition by artists G K Laxman, Ramesh Kharat, Sunny Bhanusali, S. Bala, Kapil, Bhavana, Jacob and Sanchit Verma.The show begins on 16th to 22nd continues at Art Gate Gallery Mumbai

Welcome to the show  ‘Freedom of colour...

- Pankaja JK
16th to 22nd August :  opening at 12 pm to 7pm Art Gate Gallery, Churchgate Mumbai
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