Tuesday 22 July 2014

Lizard Installation of Drawings by Tathi Premchand.

Art is the visual history of a given period. Nature is evident and apparently beautiful. Man progressed and steadily brought change in its appearance; bringing in more man-made materialistic things. Artists of every age with realistic outlook always capture these changes. Some are figurative and some abstract. My interaction with nature as well as reality of urban people has led me to create these drawings, portraying the truth of contemporary scenario. Every work has different appeal and presentation method, setting different moods with use of topic relevant colors, forms and style. 
Recent Drawing by Tathi Premchand at Art Gate Gallery

I create these drawings because I am more sensitive towards societal issues. I like to paint social issues and causes and make a critical statement through my work. With times, lifestyle, infrastructure of the society and more over behavior and outlook have changed, I try to showcase that change- either good or bad or say, two sides of the same coin. I like to be binocular and scan society at the farthest.

In these webbed drawings are hidden faces of people with many shades of struggle for survival. No where is meditative and tranquil mood. There is awe, stress, astonishment, question remorse and so on.

 The knife edge is what that we advance on. We are ripped with the sharp tip everyday. Still we find our path through it. These struggles and enwrapping due to social disruption have their own attractive token; a sentimental value. I have worked with pencil and pen on paper.

In Drawing I deliberately painted skeleton on Electricity bill. Having basic needed  things include electricity, but the charges are too high; the power is less as compared to powerful bills and that is killing people, reducing them to skeletons.

William Kentridge : David Hockney
The two most influential artists whom I admire are William Kentridge. David Hockney  is always a third party observer putting the reality on paper using pen drawing. William Kentridge uses scribbled papers for his expression of reality. I feel this is an effective medium as it makes drawings more worth and iconic.

This series has various lines combines with styled circles, a white or black spots, hiding the emotional facial gesture of the person. I have captured the complexity using basic tools and in completely freehand manner.  

Titles also play prominent role in my creations. A word or two speaks all. I have pasted my drawings on cardboard boxes and let them be on wall. I call this series ‘Lizard’, as I am awed by its most unique feature to stick to the wall. Just like it pathos and poignancy that never leave us.

And as I adamantly state, “My paintings are not just show pieces to decorate walls, but are the thoughts to be pondered upon.”

- Tathi Premchand

Translation by Pankaja JK 

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‘Visual Archives of Kulwant Roy’, curated by Aditya Arya, on 1st August 2014 at 6 PM at the NGMA Mumbai.

National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi and Mumbai, Ministry of Culture Government of India and India Photo Archive Foundation cordially invite you for inauguration of exhibition titled- 

 ‘Visual Archives of Kulwant Roy’,

This exhibition presents a historical visual treat, from the priceless collection of photographs taken by press photographer Kulwant Roy’s, prints and negatives. In the process of documenting the rare photographs of Kulwant Roy, Mr. Arya discovered a rare and valuable visual archive, including many unpublished pictures, of a momentous era in India's history which form the part of this exhibition. These priceless images from around the 1940s, which lay hidden for decades, have been brought back to life through the expertise of Mr. Aditya Arya. As a result, we can now gaze into the evocative faces of the valiant women and men who made history in our land six decades ago, all very skilfully captured by Kulwant Roy’s brilliant lens.
Kulwant Roy was born in 1914 in Bagli Kalan, Ludhiana and educated in Lahore. Without any formal training in photography Roy then joined Gopal Chitter Kuteer’s studio in Lahore. He joined the Royal Indian Air Force in Kohat near Quetta in 1941. However, he found it difficult to tolerate the discriminatory policies of the British government, which resulted in his ouster from the air force. By then his experience of taking several aerial photographs from the cockpit of the planes that he used to fly had laid a firm foundation for the shape of things to come. Roy became passionate about photography. As a freelancer in Lahore, he documented several significant political events in Pakistan. Re-locating to Delhi in 1943, Roy started his own agency, the Associated Press Agency in Delhi. It was during these years that Roy captured untiring images of well-known historical events some of which are displayed in this exhibition.

National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai
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Ashok Hinge New Work at Art Gate Gallery

26th July 4th August : SAVE DATE: ART TALK at 6 pm Art gate gallery, churchgate Mumbai
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