Monday 4 August 2014

Since 3 year we all Pune artists Ankita, Rupesh, Pradyumna, Swapnil are coming together.

Since 3 year we all artists Ankita, Rupesh, Pradyumna, Swapnil are coming together. We started questioning our paintings. We started thinking what is painting? Are we present in our painting? If yes then for how long? or Do we just waste time on thinking? We went on thinking on these questions ,doubts but at some point we couldn’t handle those doubts and questions we all were confused that how to find ourselves.


One day we met for a tea at small Dhaba and impressed by natures beauty decided to take a camp in presence of natures purity; so we arranged3 days camp at a farmhouse in Khed(june 2012).our intention behind attending camp was to find ourselves.

Then we came to know, there is no perfect time to Draw or to paint. It starts when we draw or paint. We painted in dark, no light at all, Without looking at canvas we painted it , we painted it without knowing the results, and the results turned out to be really happening. We observed what is happening in painting while it is in progress. We learnt not to waste time in thinking before painting .we should just start, we can think on it after it is complete or still in progress. Most important thing was to observe journey of our painting. It is important to know when the painting is complete, to know where to stop with him. We learnt what all can happen over a space, with range of possibilities in it. We also did installation using manmade and natural things. We also, purposely destroyed our installation to take it into a depth.
Painting by Pradyyumna Jivane

From here we started our journey to ourselves. Each one of us started thinking and observing our works .Each week we met to discuss over our paintings. We indivisually spoke about our works one by one, what exactly is happening in it, what we want to show etc. Because of this we learnt to speak on paintings .now we could answer questions made by people .We did a small display at studio 5 at FTII(30-31 october 2012) to take guidance from Prabhakar Kolte sir. They gave time to each one of us and guided us brought our works.

During the journey towards ourselves we started study of different monuments of art, we studied art history.we studied how art changed from renaissance to 21st century art. On basis of this study we did another camp in Donje place near Pune (December 2012), where we tried to paint in various style like impressionism, fauvism, cubism ,Dadaism, abstract expressionism etc. we all studied characteristics of each style and tried to paint in their style. Main intention was to know what was motive behind paintings, their thought. We wanted to reach people, we wanted to share our experiences, we were keen to know what people think about painting, so we made an attempt to put up an exhibition at SNDT Hall(March 2013). We invited people from every field for the show to know their view towards painting.
Painting by Ankita Aswale

We continued doing all our activities, works and meetings now we are again exhibiting our paintings. Out intentions is that our painting reaches to everyone; that art is not limited to artist or art lovers it is for everyone.

Ankita Aswale
My painting for me is journey towards myself. I and my sensitivity walk hand in hand to reach towards me and my painting. My painting are essence of my life and I am only a medium.

Rupesh Dalvi
With help of lines, colours, space, texture and shapes I try to convey my feelings in my painting. Instead of drawing a line I paint it. Instead of using same kind of textures, i am always in search of new textures. Same way I always make n attempt to use unknown, unseen color in my painting. Spontaneity is another very important aspect for me. For me what I spontaneously create, becomes portrayal of my thoughts on canvas.

Pradyyumna Jivane
Painting for me is one kind of volume which is made by elements like brush, colour and canvas which emits some kind of vibrations. I am one of the element present in this whole process and, it leads me to myself and my nature. In this process forms and shapes that start appearing are directly related to me. Whether these form resemble nature or not, but it either becomes definition of me and my painting or thought of a painting. When I am with myself I try to find myself, ask questions to myself and myself answer them… in this journey I perceived a thought, and this sensitivity and sensibility of thought are me and my painting. Rest are colours, lines, shapes are part of nature, which I graspe form nature inside me and portray myself and my nature on canvas.

Swapnil Kshirsagar
According to my study and observation just creating texture in a painting cannot be called as abstract. Abstract for me is where I try to express a thought, and to what extent I can accurately depict it. And this expression is provoked through colors, lines, shape, and texture. Abstract is never accidental, but an attempt to experiment in a space that leads you to yourself and become your own painting, gradually you do not need any specific line or a specific color it just takes you to your painting.

‘Water Lily Monsoon Show’ at Art Gate Gallery Mumbai from 6 August 2014.

Art Phoneix with its renowned and potential talented artists are here again to showcase their painting art through their group show Water lily monsoon show by spreading the colors of joy through landscape, abstracts, flora and fauna to paintings of figural objects. The collection by their participant artists will be displayed as ‘Water Lily Monsoon Show’ at Art Gate Gallery Mumbai from 6 August 2014.  Phoenix as the name implies, means person or thing of unsurpassed beauty or excellence. Water lilies bloom in abundance and enthrall by swaying happily. Likewise, the participants in this group appropriately win our heart by presenting phoenix like paintings and merrily united, showcasing their art in group like water lilies. .

Artist : Lalita Lajmi
Lalita Lajmi, the painter needs no introduction. Based more on human psychology her paintings reflect the inner conflicts. She is acclaimed watercolorists of India. Her paintings are dispositions of subtle upheavals that a person goes through. As she paints these feelings in women it brings out the agony and her disturbance is usually in protest of injustice. The gestures often reveal the tensions, open distrust fulness and unwillingness to confide many a times projecting melancholia. But women of her paintings are strong and not meek. They are inspired by Goddess Kali and Durga. Her work seems autobiographical at times as we relate it to her relation with her family. Intervention of various art forms of various dimensions like cinema and classical dance has subtly influenced her work. The artworks seem to speak to the observer and express itself. But Lalita Lajmi prefers the observer to have their own impressions according to their experiences and not judge by her family lineage and personal experiences
Looking at artist M. Kumar’s paintings makes us realize that Nature is indeed an Art or it can also be vice versa. Both are inseparable. It is not possible to experience bliss and happiness by completely ignoring nature. When we are amongst nature, we breathe, touch and feel it by our every sense organ. It ultimately reaches the soul. When we his painting of boats swiftly floating on water; it is not just remains natural and artificial thing in unison but becomes a treat for eyes. And truly it is only for those who relish beauty. His paintings portray his feelings   His work is autobiographical. They reflect his inner desires, he finds himself in different characters either good or bad and he has question weather right or wrong, he attempts to visualize these inner desires on canvas. His work seems have grown with the age, life experiences and maturity of thought. The progression shows that his portrayals have attained simplicity with deep underlying meaning. This is a sign of true artists.

Art work by Baljit Chaddha
Another artist in the group who paints emotions is Baljit Chaddha. Being quiet attached to his family and friends his paintings metaphors the unity and togetherness. He is content with whatever life has offered him and attributes the contribution of his loved ones in it. Most of his work is memorabilia. His paintings are colorful, vibrant flow of energy that keeps life going. There is a rhythm in the myriad forms. His paintings are sheer flow of joy and serenity that are related to human relationships which matters most in ones life. 

Kavya Reddy’s work cannot be categorized in one theme. Her paintings are reflections of her state of mind at a given time and spontaneously transferred on canvas. Love, desires, dreams, hopes are prominent features of her paintings. Women on her canvas portray these feelings. Though academically she has acquired higher degree in technical field of I.T Engineering, she nurtures love for traditional treasure of India and therefore her paintings. Her tender emotions can be felt through the soft muted hues that she uses n her paintings.   

What happens when you have emotional bonding with a particular place? Geographical location? The result is unique as it reflects living beings (including people and other living things) resulting from that particular aura, topography, climate, soil and vegetation. One such passionate artist in Phoneix Art group is Laxypal Rathore. His paintings revolve around the lifestyle of Rajasthan. He is much awed by Camel, only animal adaptable to barren lands of dessert. Like camel his figures have long neck, symbolic of surviving in harsh geographical conditions. There are also figures with long moustaches, even these serve the purpose of protection and security. Rathore’s unique portrayals are very impressive and do look like abnormal beings, but beings with tough physical make to accept the challenges around.

Ambreen Dharamsey’s deep study in Psychology has effect on her creations. The bright and vibrant images expose the psyche of a person and the changes that take place in brain at particular stimulus. Since more based on scientific knowledge her paintings hold attention as a medium to probe into heart and mind of people. There is a similarity between nature and human nature.

Yusuf Arakkal, Seema Kohli, Dr.Amit Rajvansi, Nena Singh,Parameshwar Raju, KKoeli Mukerjee,Shalini tike, Prahlad Sharma, Sanjay Sable,Vinay Trivedi, Rajendra pasalkar, Aashok Divare, Poonam Chopra, SimiSharma, Roshan Barnes, Nilesh Kolekar and artists from Nasik Kala niketan are also participating along with the above artists.

Make your monsoon delightful....

- by Pankaja JK
6th to 12th August :  opening at 6 pm Art gate gallery, Churchgate Mumbai
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